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The Societies of Oklahoma City University hosted its annual Awards of Excellence ceremony in February at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. Those in attendance included, from top left: the honorees, Lori Hill, Jeannette Sias, Julie Hall and Jenny Love Meyer; Brooke and Paul Gebb; Pam and Bob Spinks, director of OCU’s new Nonprofit Leadership program; First Lady Jan and President Robert Henry; and DeDe and Bob Benham, Jane Thompson and Lana Lopez. right: Liz and Bill Donnelly; The ceremony featured performances by students from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music.

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President, OCU Alumni Board: Jackie Miller ’85, MBA ’90, JD ’91

Writers: Rod Jones Rich Tortorelli Designer: Lechelle Calderwood Photographers: Issei Aoyama Leslie Berger Angela Comer Nathan Gunter Rod Jones Ann Sherman Rich Tortorelli Shevaun Williams FOCUS Alumni Magazine 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave. • Oklahoma City, OK 73106-1493 Focus is produced semiannually by the Communications and Marketing and Alumni Departments for alumni, parents and friends of Oklahoma City University. E-mail alumni news to alumni@okcu.edu and any story ideas to focus@okcu.edu. Check out Oklahoma City University at www.okcu.edu. Oklahoma City University pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and employees with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion and tenure, applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Vice President for Student Affairs, located in Room 205 of the Clara E. Jones Administration Building, telephone (405) 208-5831, coordinates the university’s compliance with titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

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What Say Momaday? Agee Brings Energy to OCU’s Meinders School of Business

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Nobody Knows the Truffles He’s Seen: Michael Cobb Leads Guylian USA

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When Buckets Rained DOWN ‘The Pit’

President’s Partners Continues University Mission

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President Robert Henry and Dr. Jan Henry are all smiles on the morning of the Installation Ceremony.

Editor’s note: President Robert Henry gave this speech at the installation ceremony for his inauguration on April 6.

The important English scientist, attorney, and philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon (said to be the founder of the scientific method), leads his essay “On Gardening” with an ace: “GOD Almighty first planted a garden.” That’s a good opening argument: emulate God. Build a garden. (Bacon goes on to note, “And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures.”) Now, I’m not saying that OCU is the Garden of Eden, but it does have its moments. One was Sunday afternoon at Berlioz’s Requiem, before 1,500 people in the glorious gothic chambers of First Presbyterian Church. Another very different Edenic moment was at the sold out “Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” Monday night, when our faculty did injustice to the Bard in a way he would have thoroughly enjoyed. 2

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Tuesday’s Movable Feast showed all sorts of our wonderful students, in their salad days, wrestling, tapping, outfielding, debating, rowing, dancing, pomming, showing film, exhibiting art, and reading poetry. The garden we build here, you and I, is mostly for them, our students. Yet, if we act respectful and look concerned, we, alums, faculty, and friends of the University, get to watch their games, hear their performances, and experience their intellects. Gardens have their partisans. Here at OCU, our Acting Provost (as opposed to a reacting or non-acting provost) Susan Barber, a botanist, never misses an opportunity to remind me that if it weren’t for plants I wouldn’t be here. I don’t know if she means that I would be back on the bench, or something even more dire. Likewise, our beloved Elaine Smokewood, our brilliant teacher taken from us in her prime by ALS (which despite its best efforts could not render her silence unproductive) wrote beautifully of gardens. But today I want to tell a brief story, a story about the theme that suggested itself, indeed demanded itself for this celebration of this particular time in OCU history. The story comes from another partisan gardener, one who, at first blush (so to speak) was much more pessimistic than Susan or Elaine. I had known of this gardener for some time but didn’t know much about him until I came to the dedication of the Wanda Bass School of Music. Wanda Bass and her late husband Clark had been friends since 1986. They were very wise people, at least wise enough to support me in my campaign to be Attorney General of Oklahoma in that year. Wanda and Jan and I became friends; Wanda even invited Jan to go with her to tour the Steinway factory in

New York. Wanda was a good person to be with at the Steinway factory. Red carpet was given new meaning. At the dedication I heard live, for the first time, Leonard Bernstein’s incredible choral finale, “Let’s Make our Garden Grow.” Those of you who survive this short talk will hear it again in a few minutes. The soaring music carried me away into the spiring rafters of the Bass School, and later beyond. I was inspired both to acquire both Bernstein’s recording, and to re-read Voltaire more seriously. Voltaire was a citizen of the Age of Enlightenment, perhaps Europe’s greatest member in its Pantheon. Our Framers, Dr. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, shared membership. Voltaire’s wit was legendary; his aphorisms include such lines as “This agglomeration which ...calls itself the Holy Roman Empire is neither holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire.” And, even as we praise the muses of song and dance today: “Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.” He would respond by letter to the sometimes-earthy Rousseau, “One feels like crawling on all fours after reading your work.” Yet, he would also say, in a phrase that might have been written by David Brooks in his new book The Social Animal, “Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.” His pithy statements could also be simply wise, such as “The best is the enemy of the good;” or ever a partisan of the free press, “Liberty of thought is the life of the soul,” and “Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so, too.” Voltaire could be controversial, to be sure. One of my prized books is the 1917 Vatican Index of Forbidden Books. You can look up authors to see what the faithful are allowed to read. If you check out Voltaire you find this remarkably terse list of forbidden titles: “Practically all his works.” It is ironic or perhaps even odd that of all Voltaire’s opus—epic poems, tragedies, philosophic books—he is most known for a conte or “tale,” a work almost like a comic book or fairytale. The little book is eponymously called Candide, for that is the French word for candid, the name and character of its protagonist. Candide is a bit of a country bumpkin, born

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in an Eden-like simple paradise, the Country residence of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh, the young simpleton is educated by a series of ridiculous calamities including war, the Spanish Inquisition (and as Monty Python used to say, “nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition”), carnage, and the death and dismemberment of his friends and teachers, who are repeatedly restored to life in ridiculous ways. Raised by his teacher, the glib Dr. Pangloss, Candide is trained in the philosophy of Optimism—the idea that, as Alexander Pope put it, “Whatever is, is right.” Or, as Dr. Pangloss would say, “We live in the best of all possible worlds.” Voltaire would buy none of this. He knew the world in which he lived, where tyrants reigned and disease and pestilence prevailed. He knew that there was a role for reason, for human progress. After the final series of fantastic traumas, Candide realizes that the world is not the best it can be, and that much is to be said for the simple life of hearth and home, and above all the requirement that makes up the last words of the book: “...we must cultivate our garden.” Note the verb. Cultivate. An evocative verb, that implies labor and action, and one that suggests honing one’s mind as well as hoeing one’s garden. It is not let’s let our garden grow, or have our garden cultivated. Thus, Voltaire’s very candid Candide makes a remarkable choice. He rejects the Optimism of Pope, the positivist idea that whatever is exists for a reason and we just need to be satisfied with it. Optimism fails to recognize the reality of the great challenges we are facing and the existence of great suffering in the world, with the potential of truly unspeakable suffering in the future if we simply ignore the challenges in the optimistic, Panglossian style. But Candide, very importantly, rejects the opposite pole of pessimism as well. Pessimism leads to apathy and no concerted attempt to deal with the challenges of our world in any systemic or systematic way, and this has similar consequences as the optimistic approach in that it does not address the realities we face in any constructive manner. Meliorism, which is what the approach of Voltaire’s Candide is called, is the view that the world can improve and that humans,

through hard work, can aid its betterment. This way, Voltaire and I think, is the only constructive way forward as we work together as human beings to cultivate the only garden that we have all been given, the garden that is our only Home, planet Earth. And within that earthly garden, the specific gardens that come under our tutelage. So Candide, fantastically reunited with his oncelove Cunégonde, marries her even though she has grown old and ugly—but, Voltaire points out with appropriate Frenchness, she was an excellent pastry chef. All great leaders of positive social change have been meliorists of one sort of another (Gandhi, King, Mother Teresa, and the list goes on), and if our university—today’s garden—is to take seriously its moral responsibility as an institution of higher learning, we must take on this melioristic project by helping our students and our community become moral leaders for social, educational, ecological, and spiritual responsibility as we tend the garden of our university, our society, and our world. What is called for is servant leadership—we can labor within the vineyard given to us to make the world better than it is now. One hundred six years ago, the founders of OCU planted this garden. They invited all faiths to come and study, to learn, to become servant leaders. Our garden was planted by another. But we can put our special talents and community labor together to enhance the modest profusion of bloom. After I was approached by the University and asked if I would allow my name to be considered for the presidency, I had a most difficult question. I was a gardener, a forester perhaps, in the garden of the law. Yet I treasured my days in the academy and used all of my spare time to teach. As I struggled with this decision, I was driving from the airport. I turned on the radio, to KCSC, and was delighted to hear the announcer explain that a piece from Bernstein’s Candide was next. I was further delighted when I heard that the piece was “Let’s Make Our Garden Grow.” I was breathless when the announcer revealed it would be the OCU Choirs and orchestra that would perform it. I pulled my car into a parking lot. I listened to Bernstein’s free and exultant passages

against Candide’s simple text. I saw the OCU garden more clearly, and felt that was what I needed to do. Music, like poetry, can get you into trouble. But, it can also get you in the right place. All of you here today are friends of this great university that, while not the best of all possible universities, is a remarkable university that keeps getting better. Together, we must wield the tools of our cultivation, which in turn will increase and improve our yield. Our means are many: academic excellence through rigor, inspired teaching, curiosity, creativity and problem solving; engagement, whether it be of the civic, intellectual, scholarly or community variety and preferably all of them; diversity, which means respect and civil discourse, and speaks to the unlimited potential of people; creativity, which OCU fosters and is particularly blessed with through the fine and performing arts; social and ecological responsibility; and the development of moral and spiritual maturity. I hope and trust that all of you here will join with me and the University Community to make Oklahoma City’s university all that it can be. In the last two sentences of Candide, Voltaire fires one final shot at the delusional world of his teacher Dr. Pangloss. Pangloss says, as they talk on their little farm: All events are connected in the best of all possible worlds; for, after all, if you hadn’t been driven off from a beautiful country residence with great kicks in the backside for the love of Miss Cunégonde, if you hadn’t been brought before the Inquisition, if you hadn’t traveled across America on foot, if you hadn’t stabbed the baron, if you hadn’t lost all your sheep (and wealth) from the good land of Eldorado, you wouldn’t be here eating candied citrons and pistachios.” “That’s well said,” replied Candide, “but we must cultivate our garden.” Indeed, let us do so: “We’ll build our house and chop our wood And make our garden grow.”

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To the editor:

I’d like to congratulate Robert Henry on his recent appointment as the 17th president of OCU. He was my professor in a legislation class at OCU Law back in 1995, and I enjoyed our association then. I have fond memories of my time at OCU. I wish President Henry and Dr. Jan Henry all the best. Greg Webber

OCU LAW ’95 To the editor:

As a 2007 OCU Law graduate and former OCU employee, I felt compelled to write and express how much I enjoy receiving Focus magazine. Since graduation, I have moved a considerable distance from Oklahoma…all the way to Texas, in fact. But Texas is one big state, and I reside at the very southern tip, in Brownsville. Receiving news from my alma mater from afar is really a nice surprise to get in the mail. Through FOCUS I can keep in touch with my hometown and school, and relive the many pleasant memories I have from my time there. It doesn’t hurt that the writing and publication design are worldclass, either. Thanks for producing such a great alumni magazine.

Allison Bastian

OCU LAW ’07 Brownsville, Texas

that’s easy, Nolan Ryan.” He then told me that if I wanted to meet him that I needed to be in his office the next day at 4:00. Now, knowing Abe’s sense of humor and his reputation as a practical joker I was reluctant to believe him and I asked Abe if he was pulling my leg to which he replied, “Do you want to meet the man or not?” I said yes and again, he told me to be in his office at 4:00 the next day. So the next day at 3:50 I started my walk toward Abe’s office completely expecting to be the subject of Abe’s sense of humor—“What are you doing here? Nolan Ryan, yeah right, and by the way Babe Ruth will be here tomorrow if you want to stop by again.” As I approached Abe’s door I hesitated before I knocked and once again thought “What if this is just a prank?” I finally knocked and was relieved to hear Abe’s Cathy Keating voice telling me to come in. I opened the First Lady of Oklahoma door and sitting right in front of me was 1995-2003 the man himself, Nolan Ryan. Abe then said with the class of a gentleman, “NoTo the editor: lan I want you to meet one of your biggest I enjoyed reading President Robert fans, Keith Lytle.” Now I was no longer a Henry’s article “Lemons to Lemonade: school-age boy but I felt like a kid all over Life Lessons Part of Lemons’ Legacy” in again as I sat and talked with a man Focus Magazine. I admired so much and I must adI’d like to share two mit that day will always be one of : ADE EMON stories pertaining to S TO L the highlights of my life. I owe that LEMON Abe, one of which demto Abe. onstrates his great sense Keith Lytle of humor and the other OCU Assistant Baseball Coach his gift of making someone’s day. Abe asked me one day if I knew that he To the editor: was once a baseball coach. I really enjoyed the “Heaven’s I replied that I did not and Rain” screening and panel distold him I found this hard cussion. OCU does truly amazto believe. He went on to say ing things and this one was at the top of that he only coached baseball for a short the list. The story was so well done and time. When I asked him why he said he really shows how trauma has such a lastreally enjoyed teaching the game and loved ing impact on people. As one man said, it being outside on the field and again, I could be used as a training film about Postasked him why he gave it up. His response Traumatic Stress Disorder. was priceless. He said in baseball when your team is Kay Goebel getting their butts kicked you still have to MA ’68 the significance each plays in strengthening our communities and state. It is a joy to read about each. Last, but certainly not least, it is exciting to learn of the major landscape overhaul which will not only beautify the campus but the city as well. An effort I hope that will result in recognition from OKC Beautiful in the near future. The leadership of your new president, Robert Henry, and from his wife, Dr. Jan Henry, is already being felt while the contributions of Tom and Brenda McDaniel continue to have legs. You capture that essence with perfection in Focus. Thank you for sharing the wonderful news of the university with us as it really does connect us with home. Frank and I wish you continued success.

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In a time when the sense of distance is minimized by the Internet, email, cell phones and the like, I find that even those things never replace the distance of heart from home. Frequent trips to Oklahoma always reconnect us to the homeland but in between those visits, we find that magazines such as Focus fill the void. I love the articles which feature successful alumni or staff, especially those in the fall issue featuring Abe Lemons as well as those which highlight the great contributions of leaders such as Aubrey McClendon and corporations such as Chesapeake Energy. The magazine always highlights the accomplishments of significant leaders, especially when featuring the Hall of Honor inductees and Frank and I know firsthand

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UNIV ERSITY UPDATE

Heaven’s Rain: Alumnus Showcases Autobiographical Film Brooks Douglass, the writer and producer of the autobiographical film “Heaven’s Rain,” screened his movie for a standing-room only crowd in the Kerr McGee Auditorium at OCU’s Meinders School of Business on Feb. 13. The film tells the story of Douglass and his search for justice after witnessing the murder of his parents in 1979. Douglass, who became the youngest member of the Oklahoma Senate in state history in 1990, portrays lessons of forgiveness and reconciliation through his movie. A panel discussion following the screening featured Douglass, Mike Turpen, former Oklahoma attorney general who argued the state’s case against the murderers on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Robin Meyers, OCU professor of rhetoric. Judge Arlene Johnson of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals moderated the discussion. Brooks Douglass, far left, reacts to applause from Mike Turpen, center, and Robin Meyers, right.

Benefactor and Alumna Named Women of the Year Honorees Oklahoma City University benefactor Judy Love and OCU LAW alumna The Honorable Jacqueline Miller ’91 were recognized as honorees last year at the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year awards ceremony. Love owns Judy Love Specialties. Miller currently serves as an administrative law judge for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. In addition to her law degree, Miller holds MBA and bachelor’s degrees from OCU.

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OMIT NEEDLESS WORDS! Creative Writing Program Introduced Oklahoma City University will offer a creative writing program beginning this summer that allows students to grow creatively and professionally. The program is the Red Earth MFA, featuring instructors from around the country coming to teach different facets of writing, professional communications and teaching pedagogy in a low-residency format. Danita Berg, program director, said the faculty she’s bringing represents a large swath of expertise from people who have found success with their writing passions. “Our instructors are not only exceptional writing teachers, they are also people who have learned first-hand how to make it a career,” Berg said. “The course requirements are flexible enough to allow students to train within a specific genre,” she said, “while fitting the program into busy working The Red Earth schedules. Students work with faculty mentors to create manuscript-length works of creative prose in fiction, nonWrite in the middle of it all fiction, poetry, screenwriting or another creative genre.” The two-year MFA program includes five residencies, one each summer and each winter plus one at the end of the program. Each residency lasts approximately 10 days. Some work can be done away from the school under guidance from a faculty member. The final residency includes a public reading and thesis defense. Berg said the OCU Red Earth MFA program is unique because it offers professional writing and pedagogy tracks. For more information visit www.okcu.edu/english/RedEarthMFA, call Berg at (405) 208-5127 or e-mail MFADirector@okcu.edu.

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Play It Again, Sergio: Distinguished Artist Series Brings Top Musicians to OCU The Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University launched last fall a Distinguished Artist Series to give local audiences a chance to hear master musicians perform. 

 The seven-concert series featured pianist Sergio Monteiro, who celebrated the 200th birthdays of Chopin and Schumann, noted bass baritone composer Bradley Ellingboe, OCU voice faculty William Christensen, Frank Ragsdale and Catherine McDaniel and others. Mark Parker, dean of OCU’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music, said the series provides the public with a source of the best music the world has to offer. “This is a chance for people to hear some great musicians perform great masterpieces and further enrich the cultural offerings of our city,” Parker said.

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Parker Picked for Prominent Post Mark Parker, dean of OCU’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music and the Ann Hundley Hoover Chair, has been named to a three-year term as chairman of the National Association of Schools of Music Region 9 and to the association’s national board of directors. NASM administers the highest level of accreditation a music school can receive in the United States. Parker becomes the first Oklahoma City University representative to be selected as NASM chair. He has been regional vice president since 2007, and assumed office at the annual NASM conference, held in Boston Nov. 19-23. Region 9 is comprised of 81 accredited colleges and universities in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Under Parker’s leadership, the Bass School of Music doubled its size, became an all-Steinway school, the nation’s first Conn-Selmer School and an Apple Digital Campus. Since its opening in 2006, the $38.5 million, 113,000-square-foot Bass Music Center has hosted artists and educators from around the world, ranging from the International Society of Bassists to the NEA-sponsored Arts Education Partnership.

nursing school sets record Kramer School of Nursing achieved its highest-ever marks on results for the national licensure exam for registered nurses, which were released in February. OCU’s 2010 graduates of the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam on their first attempt. The pass rate for all nursing graduates from OCU on their first attempt is 98.3 percent for 2010. The Kramer School of Nursing boasts a 97 percent pass rate for its three-year average. “This is a tremendous achievement,” said Kramer School of Nursing Dean Marvel Williamson. “The NCLEX-RN pass rate is the most commonly used, universal measure of the quality of a nursing school and demonstrates the ability of a school to prepare its students for their careers.”

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OCU Welcomes Chief of Staff Craig Knutson President Robert Henry has selected Craig Knutson to serve as OCU’s first chief of staff. Knutson joined OCU in January. “Craig’s sterling blend of experience and management skills are exactly what I was hopeful to find for the position of chief of staff,” Henry said. “He brings to the table 35 years of experience, a tremendous work ethic and a down to earth, human approach, all of which will serve this administration, and ultimately the students of Oklahoma City University very well.” Knutson’s primary role is to serve as a strategic advisor to the president, provost and members of the cabinet and directly oversee the office of the president and non-academic divisions. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the area of community and external relations. “I am pleased to join the Oklahoma City UniverCraig Knutson sity family,” said Knutson. “One of the hallmarks of a great city is a great university. OCU has been that for Oklahoma City for more than a century. My role within the university is very much operational: to see to it that President Henry is able to work at the top of his license; to optimize our operational efficiency; and to serve as a conduit between the president and our constituencies.” Since 2005, Knutson served as the chief of staff for the Oklahoma Insurance Department. During his tenure he was responsible for the $11 million agency budget, development and implementation of internal operational programs and processes, and agency-wide strategic planning. He was also responsible for the development, implementation and execution of several external, statewide public policy initiatives involving health insurance. Prior to his position with the Oklahoma Insurance Department, Knutson served as vice president of research and convening for the United Way of Central Oklahoma, chief executive of the Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board, chief economist for Southwestern Bell in Oklahoma City and senior economic planner for the City of Oklahoma City. Knutson holds a master’s degree in regional and city planning and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Norman.

A Little Higher Than Angels Renowned Bible and ancient Semitic languages professor Benjamin Sommer presented the 2011 Neustadt Lectures at Oklahoma City University’s Wimberley School of Religion in February. Sommer discussed “Psalms in Modern and Ancient Perspectives: Notes from a Contemporary Jewish Commentator’s Workshop,” reflecting on Psalm 137. He also lectured on “How Do We Know About God? Psalm 19 in Light of Archaeology and Karl Barth” and “A Little Higher than Angels: Psalm 29 and the Genre of Heavenly Praise.” Sommer teaches at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City.

UNIV ERSITY UPDATE

OSSM Names awesome Biology Professor as New Board Member The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) has added OCU Biology Chairman Kent Buchanan to its board of trustees. “Dr. Buchanan’s work of promoting science is evident in his dedication to helping future scientists,” said former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry upon appointing Buchanan to the board last fall. “He joins a board that shares his passion of encouraging young scientists and mathematicians from across our state, a mission that is important in maintaining and improving the quality of life for everyone here and beyond our state borders.”

BLUEtique Funds Student Employment The BLUEtique, Oklahoma City University’s upscale resale shop, has accepted more than 200 donations and sold more than $17,000 in merchandise since opening its doors in August. The store is staffed by 10 OCU students and offers gentlyused merchandise to the campus community as well as those in surrounding neighborhoods. Proceeds fund student employment scholarships. The BLUEtique accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, shoes, dishes, small appliances, toys, books, sporting goods, small electronics and other items. For more information, visit www.okcu.edu/bluetique.

The Students Have Spoken Prospective students entering Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy Admissions and Visitor Center will find a newly-renovated lobby thanks to the university’s Student Government Association.
OCU SGA President John Riesenberg said the Student Service Fee Committee was glad to enhance what is considered the “front door” to the campus.

 “This is the place prospective students see when they come to OCU,” Riesenberg said. “We want our front door to match our whole campus and be a welcoming place that is student and family friendly.”

 The renovated lobby includes new furniture and about a dozen 20 x 30-inch photographs of OCU students enjoying the campus. OCU worked with Oklahoma City firm Frankfurt Short Bruza on the renovation.
This year, the committee approved about $12,000 for campus enhancements and events. Projects recently funded include the lobby, Race with the Stars T-shirts, a 24-hour study space in the university center, lights for the university’s soccer field and a sound system for the Freede Center.
Committee members include four undergraduate students from SGA and three administrators—Vice President of Students Affairs Rick Hall, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Liz Donnelly and Dean of Students John Riggs.


Members of the Thorpe family are pictured with author Kate Buford (third from right) and OCU President Robert Henry (right).

Acclaimed Author Kate Buford Kicks Off Book Tour at OCU Kate Buford, best known for her critically acclaimed and bestselling biography, “Burt Lancaster: An American Life,” delivered a public lecture about her newest book, “Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe” at OCU last fall. The lecture marked the start of Buford’s national book tour. The book has been hailed as “the definitive biography of a legendary figure in American history, in and out of sports” by the Library Journal. Buford has written for the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Film Comment and Bluegrass Unlimited, among other publications. She has been a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and American Public Media’s Marketplace.

Arts Management Students Complete Prestigious Internships Oklahoma City University dance management alumna Ellen Cole recently completed an internship with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Cole worked as an arts management intern and aided with programming functions. Entertainment Business graduate Mary Timaeus is currently interning at the Kennedy Center in the development area. Dance management senior Patrick Galvin spent last summer as an intern at Carnegie Hall and with the American Ballet Theatre. Entertainment Business student Robert Postotnik interned last summer with the Tony Awards and the Broadway League. “Our arts management programs are gaining increased respect from some of our nation’s leading cultural institutions,” said John Bedford, dean of OCU’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management.

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OCU Announces John R. Hillis as New Vice President of University Advancement Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry announced that John R. Hillis has been named vice president for university advancement and external relations. Hillis served most recently in the position of assistant vice president for development programs at the Kansas University Endowment Association. Prior to that he held a number of development positions with the University of Oklahoma including assistant executive director of development for the Health Sciences Center. President Robert Henry said, “John Hillis understands the mission of Oklahoma City University and has a provJohn R. Hillis en track record in the arena of university advancement. He is an asset to this university and his priority will be to build an advancement team and secure funds to be used for scholarships, and to help grow the OCU endowment so that students wishing to attend Oklahoma City University will be affected as little as possible by issues related to money and can focus instead on what students are ideally supposed to focus on: learning.” “I am honored to join President Robert Henry’s team at Oklahoma City University,” Hillis said. “OCU enjoys a wonderful heritage with the United Methodist Church, is an outstanding liberal arts institution and is a tremendous asset to our city and state. I look forward to serving the students of this wonderful institution by working with donors, alumni and friends to enhance OCU’s academic mission.” Hillis attended the University of Oklahoma and Texas Christian University. He has been involved with a variety of community organizations including the Norman Public Schools Foundation (as president and board member), the American Cancer Society, the Oklahoma Planned Giving Council and the board of the McFarlin Methodist Foundation.

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New Book to Feature OCU Treasures President Robert Henry has commissioned May 2011 English graduate Zoe Miles to write a book about the treasures of Oklahoma City University. The book will feature the people, places, events and ideas that give the university its richness. To submit ideas for the book or to share your OCU experience with the author, email mmiles.stu1@my.okcu.edu.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discusses iCivics at OCU LAW Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visited Oklahoma City University April 14 to speak to OCU students, faculty and staff about her iCivics program. OCU President Robert Henry hosted The Honorable O’Connor for an informal discussion about the program for middle schools and OCU’s partnership with iCivics through the Petree College of Arts and Sciences. Henry and OCU professors Liz Willner and Shannon Roesler conducted a panel discussion with O’Connor at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Panelists Liz Willner and Shannon Roesler with retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

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What Say Momaday? Editor’s note: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and storyteller N. Scott Momaday spoke at Oklahoma City University Nov. 2 as part of the university’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969 for his novel, “House Made of Dawn.” His work spans many genres including plays, folk tales, memoirs and essays. OCU Trustee Jeanne Hoffman Smith visited with Momaday just before he spoke to an overflow crowd in OCU’s Kerr McGee Auditorium. Following is a transcript of their conversation.

JHS: I am so glad to see you Scott; it’s been a couple of years since our paths have crossed and I was pleased that Robert (Henry) asked me to have this conversation with you. NSM: It’s good to see you too, Jeanne, and to have this conversation. How do you want to begin? JHS: Well, I think with the list of your enormous creative talents: first a poet, always a storyteller, a Pulitzer prize winning novelist, a powerful playwrite, a metaphoric teacher, a seed-planting scholar, a painter of deep emotions and an author of children’s books… NSM: My goodness! What an impressive list! (Laughing) JHS: Yes, and when we look for the sources of all this, we must look to your own history, your mother and father and your grandparents. Please tell me something of them. NSM: Well you know, Jeanne, I was very blessed to have as my parents two very talented and creative people. My father was a painter as you know, and my mother was a writer. So I grew up in a creative household, and very early on I decided I wanted to create things. My mother was the first influence. I wanted to be a writer, from the time I was seven or eight years old. I came to painting much later, but I had the benefit of watching my father paint in the time I was growing up. So I came by these activities honestly, and I was fortunate to have some good instruction along the way, particularly in graduate school. I met a man at Stanford who became my advisor and then a dear friend, Ida Winters. He knew a lot about poetry, and so his classes were invaluable to me. I learned a lot there, and just have been at it for many years, writing both poetry and fiction and other kinds of writing, travel literature and essays and so on. So it’s been a natural kind of course for me to follow, and I have done it to the best of my ability. I find now since I am retired,

I have lots more time than I realized I would have, and I have been very productive over the past couple of years since retirement. Writing, writing, writing. JHS: Wonderful, and we’ll be the beneficiaries as you put words to what you are thinking, feeling and wanting to say to the world. NSM: Yes, it’s a great satisfaction to me to work with words, and images. My mother wrote poetry which she didn’t publish, but she wrote children’s books as well. She has a book called “Owl in the Cedar Tree” which is a classic, a juvenile book about a Navajo boy. It’s a wonderful piece of work. My father, of course, knew all the—well, I say all—he knew a great deal of the oral tradition of the Kiowa People. I got wonderful stories when I was young from him, and most of the things that appear in “The Way to Rainy Mountain” he told me when I was a boy. That was fascinating to me. I made him tell the same stories again and again and again, and that was beneficial in a way. JHS: And that repetition of hearing the stories over and over is so important. NSM: Especially in the oral tradition, yeah. JHS: You once said that the American Indian oral tradition is not merely to entertain, and not merely to instruct, but to be believed. Can you say a bit more about that? NSM: I think that’s a crucial part of the oral tradition. I tell my students that all stories are true in the sense that they are told to be believed. The trick is to, on the part of a storyteller, to tell the story in such a way that it is creditable, and on the part of the listener as a contract, the listener has to suspend disbelief—goes into the storytelling situation willing to believe the authority of the storyteller. JHS: When you read your stories aloud, your voice has such authority to it that you believe it from the authority of your voice as well as from the words themselves. NSM: Absolutely, yes! JHS: This all reminds me of your story, “In the Bear’s House,” which is one of my favorites. Did Robert tell you that he read “Yahweh’s Prayer” from that book when he gave the commencement address last spring? NSM: Yes he did, and I’m so pleased about that. JHS: Would you tell us again from the story how the bear came to be the bear? NSM: There are several stories about bears. The one that I like and that means most to me is the story of the boy who turned into a bear,

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and that happened at Devils Tower, Wyoming, which the Kiowas call So-Eye, meaning “rock tree.” Devils Tower, as you may know, resembles the trunk of a tree, but it’s a thousand feet high. It’s a wonderful feature in the landscape. And the Kiowas say, when we lived there, on our way down from the Yellowstone to the southern Plains, there were some children playing in the woods, in the Black Hills. And there were eight children, seven sisters and their brother. And the boy, he was pretending to be a bear, and he was chasing his sisters, who were pretending to be afraid, they were running. And in the course of the game, a terrible thing happened. The boy actually turned into a bear. And when the girls saw this, they were truly frightened, and they ran for their lives. And as they were running through the woods, they passed the stump of a tree, a huge tree stump. And the tree spoke to them and said, “If you will climb upon me, I will save you.” And so the girls climbed on top of the stump, and as they did so, it began to rise into the air. The bear came to kill them, but they were beyond its reach. And it reared up and scored the bark all around with its claws. And that’s why Devils Tower has these deep grooves in it, you know, like they were scored by a bear. And the story ends, the girls were born into the sky, and they became the stars of the Big Dipper. And that’s the story. So when I was less than a year old, something like six months old, my parents took me from Oklahoma where I was living with my grandmother and my Kiowa family to Devils Tower, Wyoming. I don’t remember that because I was too young, though I’ve been back a number of times. But when I was brought back home to Oklahoma, an old man in the tribe came to visit, and he took me up in arms, and he began to tell stories. And all the other voices in the arbor fell away, and his was the only one left. And he talked and talked. At the end of his talk, he looked down at me and he said, focus s p r i n g 2 0 1 1

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“Now, you are So-Eye-Tah-Lee, rock tree boy.” That’s my Indian name, and he gave it to me to commemorate having been taken to this sacred place. And I have always identified with the boy who turned into a bear. That’s why I have bear power. JHS: Yes, you indeed do! So, the bear Urset, of course needs to know things that he doesn’t know. And the bear decides he can have a dialogue with Yahweh (God). NSM: Yes, yes. The idea is that the bear is the epitome of the wilderness. And of course he and Yahweh make a wonderful team; they make a wonderful conversation with each other. And the bear wants to know about prayer. For example, what is prayer? And Yahweh explains these things to him. It’s rather funny— they have a comical kind of dialogue. They’re both very witty and they like verbal play, so that’s how the dialogues work. Yahweh tells Urset about story, the meaning of story, the importance of story. JHS: And I love the part where Urset wants to know how language began. NSM: As I recall, Yahweh says, “Oh yes, language is the thing that separates human animal from the others.” And he says, “Yeah, uh, I think this is the way it began. There were people living in caves, and they were trying to communicate with each other and they were having a hard time because they didn’t have language, but one day, a neighboring tribe came over the ridge to visit, and they brought their children. And suddenly, there was a critical mass of children who played all day long, and at the end of that day, we had language.” Language is child’s play. Children are not afraid of language. And they like to play games with it, so they learn it at the age of two or three, which is a phenomenal accomplishment when you stop to think about it. JHS: Yes, it is. And so, in terms of that, I was wondering about the children’s book that you so beautifully illustrated and talked about, “The Four Arrows & Magpie.” What do you think children will take away from it that will help them believe? NSM: I think that they would—well I hope they would take away a kind of appreciation of the power and beauty of language, and what it means to children, how children use it. And it’s a story of how the people came into the world through a hollow log and it’s a story about a dog. Who can resist a story about a dog? JHS: Well, particularly in a time when dogs could talk. NSM: (Laughing) That’s what they say. When you want to indicate something far back in time, “Oh that happened a long time ago when dogs could talk.” In this story, two children have a hero in the person of a war10

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rior that lives in the camp. And the little boy wants to become like this great warrior, and the little girl also wants to please the warrior. So they base their time, their play time, in pursuits that will help them realize their identity as brave children. And there comes along a prairie fire, and so the whole camp is threatened by this fire. And the little dog there warns them about the fire and saves them. The warrior comes and he rescues the children that are about to be engulfed in the flames and he takes them to safety. So that’s basically the idea of the story, but it emphasizes the role of the warrior, the warrior ideal of the plains people. So it comes right out of a kind of oral history and tradition. JHS: I love the name of the adult male, Charging Bear. That’s a beautiful book, and I love your illustrations. Another book with your wonderful artwork on the cover is “The Man Made of Words.” The painting is mysterious and I need your help in understanding it. NSM: I wrote a Christmas story called “The Circle of Wonder.” And this is an illustration of the circle of wonder, this valley in which the grandfather takes the grandchild, and they have a wonderful communion with nature there, and it’s a beautiful spot surrounded by snow-covered mountains. And they encounter animals there and learn how to exist in the circle of wonder, how to get along with the animals and nature and so on. JHS: Does the circle in the center represent water? NSM: No, it’s a valley of grass. In New Mexico, we have the largest caldera, I think, in the country. JHS: What’s a caldera? NSM: It’s a volcanic crater and it’s beautiful because it’s 6 miles across. And it’s covered with grass. Cattle graze in it, and they’re so tiny that when you look at them from a distance they seem to be ants down there. It’s a vast crater which is beautiful and which changes every day. It doesn’t appear the same ever. Just a wonderful place, so that’s what I had in mind as the circle of wonder. JHS: It’s lovely. One essay in this book was of particular interest to me about the morality of Indian Hating. You wrote it in 1962 while a student at Stanford. This is powerful history. NSM: Yeah, I think so too. It’s an important subject and does unfortunately specify the world we now live in. JHS: Yes, it does and in it is described the myth of Tai-me, the spiritual center of your culture. Tell us about Tai-me, Scott. NSM: Tai-me, it’s a fetish and a bundle, a sacred bundle. At the time of the sun dance, when the Kiowas still had a sun dance, Tai-me, this fetish was brought out and exposed only

one time in the year, and the people revered it. And then it was put back in the bundle and kept until the next sun dance. Well, it still exists, but no one now has the right to open it. So no living person has actually seen the fetish that’s inside it now, but the bundle is still revered. People go to it and make offerings and pray. And the sun dance, as you may know, was the chief religious expression of the tribe. And it was also a social time, a time when all the bands of the tribe came together in one place. And they had a four-day ceremony with dancers dancing for a special favor from the sun god, the deity. So Tai-me is the most powerful medicine in the tribe, still today. According to the story, the people were down, down and out, hungry and hopeless. Tai-me appeared to them as this creature covered with feathers and having the hooves of a deer and so on. And Tai-me, to the man whom Tai-me appeared, he said, “Take me with you, I will help you.” And so that’s how Tai-me came to the tribe. And indeed, the man took him to the people, and they started honoring the fetish, and sure enough, they got out of trouble. Tai-me was true to his word. JHS: But in this story you don’t really talk about the Indian hatred but about the loss of the things that were sacred to them, the white men stopped the sun dance; they killed the buffalo. It’s a terrible history which you refer to at one point as the “subtle Holocaust,” which I thought was a very powerful comparison. NSM: Yes, yes. JHS: In the ’90s you write an “after view” to put in the book because you think it’s important to see how things have changed. NSM: That’s right but there’s one thing that’s threatened to this day and that is the loss of the sacred! You have to understand what the problem is first of all - that there is such a thing as the theft of the sacred. Once you have that understanding, then you can proceed by means of education and example. The Indian stands in a very good position to exemplify the sacred. He has a long history of harmony with the earth and with the creatures, the living creatures, and he has a lot to tell other people about the spiritual reality of the earth and how it lives and how vital it is and how necessary it is to preserve and to revere. So, you know, one of our hopes lies within. JHS: Mhm, that’s wonderful. Well let’s hope that the words you bring and the ways in which we receive those words helps us all to understand the importance of restoring the sacred because it seems from what I’ve read of yours that the Kiowa, of all people, had that kind of cohesive communication with each other in a way that there wasn’t a split of any kind in terms of their religious, spiritual…

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OCU alumnus and CityRep Artistic Director Don Jordan (left) and Equity guest artist Matthew Gray are shown in CityRep and TheatreOCU’s co-production of “The Miser.”

OCU students Sarah Murray (left) and Mollie Armour (right) appeared with Equity guest artist Lydia Mackay (center) in “Lysistrata.”

When CityRep Artistic Director Don Jordan studied theater at Oklahoma City University he dreamed with his friends about having a professional regional theater company in Oklahoma City and the opportunity to work there while pursuing a theater degree. Following graduation, Jordan BFA ’80 and his friends traveled the country and enjoyed successful theater careers. A couple of decades later, a group of Jordan’s classmates gathered for a reunion and observed that even after substantial growth among cultural and entertainment offerings in Oklahoma City, no year-round Equity theater company offering the full range of the theatrical spectrum existed. “There was a long pause as we all realized the 800-pound gorilla in the room,” Jordan recalled from that conversation in 1998. What followed was the creation of CityRep, founded entirely by OCU alumni, and the birth of a unique opportunity that current OCU theater students use to earn credit toward their Equity cards. CityRep has established a professional partnership with Oklahoma City University, which allows students to work alongside professionals in CityRep productions. CityRep founders include theater and music alumni Ruth Charnay ’86 and ’91; Marcellus Hankins ’85; Elaine Pfleiderer ’92; Jonathan Beck Reed ’83; James Tyra ’79; Michele Wilson ’81; and Jordan. Other alumni have returned to appear for CityRep, including Stacey Logan ’85; Shawn Churchman ’86; Lara Teeter ’78; Ron Raines ’75; and Teri Bibb ’82. Oklahoma City University Opera and Music Theater Director David Herendeen said the partnership serves as a major draw for students enrolling in undergraduate theater programs at OCU.

NSM: I think that’s probably true of Indian people in general; one of the great common denominators is this understanding of the spiritual vitality of the earth. JHS: I believe that you want us all to understand and believe the power of words and hope as you expressed both in the poem that you wrote on the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. That might be a good place to conclude our conversation if you would read that poem now. NSM: Of course; “In the Spirit of Hope:” In the spirit of hope, We place words upon the earth, We plant the seeds That lie dormant in the ashes of despair. We are present in our words We are alive in our words We are immortal in

“We’re achieving everything expected of a fine theater program and attracting and retaining top students thanks in part to our partnership with CityRep,” Herendeen said, noting that no other undergraduate programs in the region as far as Dallas and Kansas City feature such a partnership with a professional theater company. Students at other universities are typically forced to wait until after graduation to begin earning professional credits on their resumes and points toward their Equity cards, which represents membership in the Actors’ Equity Association and tremendously boosts career opportunities. Jordan said he is pleased to partner with the university where he learned so much personally and professionally. “I’m the luckiest guy you’ll ever meet and I credit a great deal of that to the professors I had at OCU,” Jordan said. Professors Claire Jones, Bob Varga and Carveth Osterhaus were particularly instrumental in Jordan’s theater studies. “OCU was a real turning point in my life,” Jordan said. “There’s a standard of excellence there that I see carrying on to another generation.” Herendeen said Jordan’s work with current students is a shining example of OCU’s mission. “Don epitomizes servant leadership,” he said. “He is giving to us and serving the community.” Among the CityRep plays this season that featured OCU students were Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues” and “August: Osage County,” which received national acclaim. The production of “August” was featured in Playbill and was named a top 10 production by several regional critics who hailed it as “better than Broadway.” For more information about upcoming productions visit www.cityrep.com or www.okcu.edu/theater. Contact Leslie Berger at LBerger@okcu.edu.

our words. Our words are the seeds of our being, Our survival, our soul’s quest To be nourished in love To be named in celebration To flourish in a harvest of hope. JHS: Thank you Scott, indeed words are our greatest gift. There is so much power in language. NSM: Yes, language is powerful, language is beautiful. Language is the thing that distinguishes humanity. We wouldn’t be humans if we didn’t have language. And so that’s one thing I want to impress upon everybody, my students in particular, but everybody in general. We live in the element of language, and we need to understand that. We have no existence without that dimension.

JHS: Exactly, and you are indeed a great bear. What a privilege this has been today. Thank you. NSM: Thank you too; Jeanne, this was great. This conversation was recorded and transcribed by OCU student Dakoda Smith. Read this Quick Response code with your smartphone app for bonus materials.

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Agee Brings Energy to OCU’s Meinders School of Business

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Commission and as a member of the Oklahoma City Economic Roundtable. Agee noted that he recently assisted in moving the Economic Roundtable group to OCU for its monthly luncheon meetings. His leadership roles on various boards are a result of his interest in their work. “I only join a board if I am interested in their mission and really want to contribute something,” he explained. “In nearly every instance when I have joined boards, it was never my intent to become an officer, but as I learned more about the organization and developed a passion for its mission, I was frequently asked to join the executive committee and then move up the ladder to president or chairman.” He experienced a similar trend at OCU in that he never expected to become the dean. “He has a passion for teaching and research,” noted Dr. David May, chair of the MSB Economics Department, “and he happens to be very good at both. But when a change was evident, many of the business school faculty approached him about the position.” Agee indicated that it was this faculty support in addition to President Robert Henry’s suggestion that he accept the position of interim Interim Dean dean. “Working for Judge Henry is an Steven C. Agee, Ph.D. incredibly fortuitous circumstance. He Photo courtesy of Keith Ball Photography

Oil and natural gas executive Steven C. Agee decided to retire five years ago at the age of 53 and today, he is living the good life. No, he’s not spending his days on the golf course. He didn’t stay retired long enough for that. In 2006, he joined the faculty at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business and these days, the good life entails fulfilling his newest duties as interim dean. “I’m busier now than I’ve ever been in my life,” Agee said, enthusiasm evident. “It’s also the most intellectually stimulating job I have had in my life. It’s intoxicating.” If you know Agee’s background, that’s a strong statement. He served as president and chief operating officer for three oil and gas companies—Agee Energy, Lee and Agee Inc. and XAE Corporation. He is also intellectually stimulated in his role as chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch, as well as serving currently as the president of the Economic Club of Oklahoma. Agee began his career as an economics professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. He has long been active in professional and civic endeavors, serving as president in 2009-10 of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Society, three years as chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, former director and treasurer of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, president of the Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City, as a board member for the Industry Advisory Committee and Royalty Owners Advisory Committee at the Oklahoma Corporation

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is brilliant and I learn something new every time I am around him—it’s part of that intoxicating intellectual stimulation I tell people about.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kansas. Although Agee is dean on an interim basis, he expressed his intent to focus on the long-term at the Meinders School of Business. He sincerely wants to build collaborative relationships with the business school faculty, create new academic programs with higher and enforceable standards and grow the Love’s Entrepreneurship Center as well as the Economic Research and Policy Institute, which bears his name. Agee created, funded and directed the institute for four years, until assuming his new role on Nov. 1, 2010. Now leading the institute are Executive Director Russell Evans and Deputy Director Kyle Dean. The pair previously led the Center for Applied Economic Research at Oklahoma State University. Agee also appointed OCU Professor Bob Greve as director of the Love’s Entrepreneurship Center, which now incorporates the school’s Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup competition teams and a Mobile Apps Laboratory for MSB students. “We’ve had very successful teams in the Governor’s Cup Competition,” Agee noted. “The competition is based on entrepreneurship, which makes it a great fit for the Love’s Center.” In 2008, OCU’s Governor’s Cup team finished second in the world at the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition in Singapore. In 2009, one of OCU’s teams took first in the state and another finished as a state semi-finalist. Greve will advise four OCU teams in this year’s competition. The Love’s Center also is partnering with MacroSolve, a leading developer and marketer for mobile technologies, applications and solutions. OCU business students will evaluate ideas for mobile applications and develop plans for bringing some of them to market. The business school is establishing a Mobile Application Development Lab that will enable students to create and test their own mobile applications. “We envision business students working together with computer science students to create and market their own mobile application solutions,” Greve said. “I think we will create some exciting opportunities for learning across disciplines.” Greve added he’s glad to be a part of an exciting time for the Meinders School of Business. “We have outstanding faculty and students,” he said. “Our new dean brings a lot of energy to the school.”

Agee said he is excited about working with the business school faculty and has implemented four new committees to seek faculty input on standards, accreditation, online programs and internal finances for the school. The standards committee will work toward upgrading academic and program standards at the Meinders School of Business. “We’re going to make this an exceptional and scholarly school,” Agee said. “We are going to create high, rigid and enforceable standards. I believe in the long run this will attract excellent and highly qualified students for our various business school disciplines.” He said the online committee will address present and future needs for the growing trend of online and hybrid business courses. “Some of our students want to take classes online for convenience, and others are older and not as familiar with online opportunities,” Agee said. “We want to help them adapt to new technology.” The accreditation committee is working to attain recognition from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The association advances management education and helps students, parents, employers and counselors choose a quality business degree program that fits their needs. Agee noted that few business schools across the country meet the standards for AACSB accreditation. Agee created the finance and audit committee to enable faculty to understand the school’s enrollment, cost structure, maintenance, revenue and expenses. “These professors are experts,” Agee said. “We work together to find the best course of action, because in the end we still need to pay the bills to keep the lights on and the faculty and staff compensated.” The Meinders School of Business also has recently introduced new programs in energy and petroleum land management. A master’s program in energy management will be introduced this spring geared toward individuals interested in becoming executives in the oil and gas industry. The Karl and June Martin Trust Energy Speaker Series, which will also kick off this spring, has brought additional strength to energy studies at the Meinders School of Business. Agee said the series will feature well-known academic speakers and focus on energy for the next generation. In Agee’s spare time, which is increasingly rare, he enjoys researching, reading, traveling and exercising. To keep his energy level up, he works out with Lori, his significant other, who teaches six YMCA exercise classes each week and Agee participates in nearly all of them. Contact Leslie Berger at LBerger@okcu.edu.

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More than 350 musicians and vocalists from Oklahoma City University’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music gathered April 3 for an audience of about 1,300 for a mammoth concert production at First Presbyterian Church. The group performed Hector Berlioz’s Requiem, a production so complex that it hadn’t been staged in Oklahoma City in more than 20 years. OCU Music Professor Randi Von Ellefson conducted the piece, which featured, among many instruments, 12 timpani, 10 cymbals and 24 supplemental brass.

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Inaugural activities continued April 5 with a stunning compilation of student performances and exhibits, along with culinary delights, comprising “A Moveable Feast.� The event title, borrowed from a collection of memoirs by Ernest Hemingway, who described his memories of living in Paris as something he could carry with him, conveyed the portability of the event which included more than a dozen performances across the OCU campus. Among them were a pom squad routine, jazz ensemble performances, a Surrey Singers concert, baseball game, Spring Show revue by the American Spirit Dance Company, Rodgers and Hammerstein revue by OCU music faculty, short films and the Ron and Kandy Norick Print Collection exhibit.

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Oklahoma City University students, faculty, staff, trustees and friends celebrated President Henry’s installation April 6 with a ceremony featuring former Miss America and OCU alumna Jane Jayroe Gamble as the master of ceremonies. The Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society presented the colors and among the performances was the inauguration theme, “Make Our Garden Grow,” from Candide.

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The Meinders School of Business hosted a symposia featuring sessions on philanthropy, law, health, energy and economics. Panelists and moderators included former First Lady Kim Henry, Devon Energy CEO John Richels, Chesapeake Energy Senior Vice President of Human and Corporate Resources Martha Burger and many others.

The Kramer School of Nursing celebrated the grand opening of their 52,000 square-foot expansion with a ceremony and dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial maquette by Glenna Goodacre honoring Herman and LaDonna Meinders.

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New York Times columnist David Brooks concluded Wednesday’s inaugural activities with his discussion on why liberal arts matter. His speech was part of OCU’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

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Inauguration week ended April 7 with the annual Quinlan Lecture, hosted by the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Kathleen Sullivan, former dean of the Stanford Law School, discussed “Is Constitutional Law Law? Recent Trends in Free Speech and Federalism.”

OCU Board of Trustees Chairman Ron Norick said the events surrounding the inauguration ceremony were designed to highlight the university’s dedication to education and reputation for talent. “These events reflect President Henry’s breadth of interests and his love of academics,” Norick said. “This is an extremely proud time for OCU.”

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The Rt. Hon. Emma Harriet, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne delivered the keynote address at Oklahoma City University’s winter commencement ceremony Dec. 17. A noted activist and J.K. Rowling collaborator, Nicholson was recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from OCU. The university awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree to former Oklahoma Secretary of State Susan Savage and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Judge Stephanie Seymour. Nicholson is recognized worldwide for her service as a member of the House of Lords, as a member of European parliament, as a British political party leader and for her involvement and leadership in numerous charitable organizations. She is the founder and chairwoman of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, which was established in 1991 to provide emergency aid for

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Baroness, Secretary, Judge The Rt. Hon. Emma Harriet, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

Susan Savage, former Oklahoma Secretary of State

refugees in Iraq. Nicholson is a survivor of the Brighton bombing. She has collaborated with her friend, renowned author J.K. Rowling on several projects including the creation of the Children’s High Level Group charity. In an afterword to Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” Nicholson wrote that the organization was created “to change the lives of institutionalized and marginalized children… We wanted to give these abandoned children a voice to allow their stories to be heard.” Baroness Nicholson holds the title of “Life Peer” as a member of the House of Lords. She currently serves as the whip of the Liberal Democrat Party, and she has served as vice chairwoman of the Conservative Party. Savage was appointed secretary of state in 2003 and served until January 2011. As a member of the governor’s cabinet, she completed broad policy and operational duties including National Governors Association

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federal policy work and coordination of the state’s response to the Recovery Act and the Healthcare Reform Act. A noted jurist, Seymour has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit for the past 31 years. At the time of her appointment by President Jimmy Carter, Seymour was the first female to serve on that court and she served as the first female chief judge of the Tenth Circuit. Oklahoma City University will award honorary doctorate degrees to OCU alumna and trustee Jane Jayroe Gamble, Congressman Tom Cole, Former State Treasurer Robert Butkin and BancFirst Board Chairman H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt on May 7. OCU awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to retired OCU professor Ruth Leebron Levenson earlier this spring. Contact Leslie Berger at LBerger@okcu.edu. focus e x t ra

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Kristin Chenoweth Returns to Campus By Rod Jones

Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth visited Oklahoma City University in November to teach a master class at her alma mater. Chenoweth was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame during her visit to her home state. She launched to stardom after graduating from OCU with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance in 1991 and a master’s degree in music in 1993. Students began lining up for the master class two hours before it started in the Petree Recital Hall in the Bass Music Center. Wanda L. Bass School of Music Dean Mark Parker and President Robert Henry opened the master class by presenting Chenoweth with a few gifts. Parker and Chenoweth then sat for a brief interview before current vocal students showed her what they’ve learned. Chenoweth listened to a few students perform musical selections. The star of stage and screen offered some praise and a few hints for the students to improve their techniques. Chenoweth came to national attention for her Tony-winning performance in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and her role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked,” which earned her a leading ac-

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The chairman of the National Endowment to learn from history in order to improve the for the Humanities visited Oklahoma City political process. University and presented a lecture Oct. 27. “There can be a struggle for ideas, but it Jim Leach came to campus needs to be in such a way that as part of a nationwide tour we can still work together,” he with his presentation titled said. “The government should “Civility in a Fractured Socibe working for everybody, not ety.” Through his tour, Leach just those of a certain party.” encouraged members of sociHe said stories of political ety to heal religious and politiopposition in the past can ofcal divisiveness by promoting fer hints as to what will come respect for the cultural gifts of if divisiveness remains unpeople around the world. checked. Those hints are also “Today civilization is on trial evident when studying philosJim Leach as radical elements in distant ophers like John Locke, who parts of the world stoke differwrote extensively on politics ences between and within faith systems,” and the nature of human governance. Leach said. “In response to violent acts of Leach was named to his post by President various parties and the dislocating conse- Barack Obama in 2009 for a four-year term. quences of the global recession, a divisive He previously served 30 years representrhetoric of anger has been precipitated in ing southeastern Iowa in the U.S. House of recent years in the West as well as the East. Representatives where he chaired the Bank“If we don’t try to understand and respect ing and Financial Services Committee, the others, how can we expect them to respect Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, us, our values and way of life?” the Congressional-Executive Commission on While at OCU, Leach spoke about the China, and founded and co-chaired the Conmerits of studying the humanities as a way gressional Humanities Caucus.

After leaving Congress in 2007, Leach joined the faculty at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where he was the John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs until his confirmation as NEH chairman. Leach holds eight honorary degrees and has received numerous awards, including the Sidney R. Yates Award for Distinguished Public Service to the Humanities from the National Humanities Alliance, the Woodrow Wilson Award from The Johns Hopkins University, the Adlai Stevenson Award from the United Nations Association, the Edgar Wayburn Award from the Sierra Club, the Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award, the Norman Borlaug Award for Public Service and the Wesley Award for Service to Humanity. Leach was a three-sport athlete while in college and was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla. For more information about Leach and the National Endowment for the Humanities, visit www.neh.gov. Contact Rod Jones at Rod.Jones@okcu.edu.

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Mass communications professor Moose OCU and a Master of SciTyler has helped Oklahoma City University ence in public relations and students discover their love for marketing corporate communications and creativity, but if she had not acciden- from New York University. tally enrolled in an advertising class during Tyler notes that loan proMass communications professor Moose Tyler works with public her senior year at OCU, Tyler might never vider Sallie Mae is incredibly relations student Shamari Reid. have uncovered her own passion for the cre- thankful for her educational ative field. pursuits. Tyler was nearing graduation with her psyTyler began teaching at OCU in 2005. “About 5 percent of CEOs have their chology degree when advertising writing and “I love teaching,” she said. “The energy of own blog,” Tyler observed. “Why isn’t that design appeared on her class schedule. the students is unbelievable.” 95 percent?” “Maybe I miswrote the Tyler said she is imTyler participated in OCU’s Priddy course number or maybe pressed at the versatil- Fellowship program and currently leads the my advisor enrolled me ity her students display. publicity team for the North Central Reacin it,” Tyler speculated. “They have an ar- creditation visit, set for Nov. 7 to 9. “I don’t remember enrollray of skill sets coming “Our accreditation is critical to our liveing that class, but it really out,” she said. “PR ma- lihood as a university,” Tyler explained. “It’s changed everything. I fell jors now put packages really about ‘tilling the garden’ so there’s in love.” together for YouTube room for growth.” Following graduation, and work in InDeTyler said she has worked to assess her own Tyler worked at a psychisign and PhotoShop. strengths and weaknesses. “It’s really interestatric hospital for about Reporters aren’t just ing to self reflect and be honest about that six months, but she never putting their stories in reflection to be better at what you’re doing.” stopped thinking about print, they’re working When she’s outside the classroom, Tyler Moose Tyler celebrates with Grand how she wanted to be a with a variety of online enjoys working on her novel or practicing Master Reeder after testing for her blue belt at Grand Master Reeder’s copywriter. She returned media.” mixed martial arts. Currently a blue belt, Martial Arts Center. She has two more to OCU and earned a Tyler said the growth Tyler is working toward earning a black belt. belt levels to complete before earning second bachelor’s degree in social media has She practices Tae Kwon Do, Filipino Boxing, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. in advertising. Just two been interesting to Silat and Jeet Kune Do. She gives weeks after graduating, watch. occasional boxing demonstrations she packed two bags worth of clothes and “I remember when I got my first efor OCU self defense classes. moved to New York City to work at the mail address and I didn’t use it for Her novel, currently titled advertising agency of Young and Rubicam. three years because it was dead,” she “The Monarch’s Story,” deTyler worked in media, account service and said. “Now, marketing is all about picts a young girl training creative accounts at the agency with clients the Web, social media and blogging. to become an amazon warrior including Sony, Advil and the Bronx Zoo. It’s given word-of-mouth marketing and how she challenges the sysIn Oklahoma City, Tyler worked as a copy- a steroid shot. Now you can tell tem as she rises to power. OCU writer for Jordan Associates where she creat- 10,000 people you don’t like student Donald Ashwood is created the “Put a little woo hoo in your day” ads a product.” ing illustrations for the story. for the Oklahoma Lottery. Tyler notes that compaContact Leslie Berger at LBerger@okcu.edu. While pursuing her professional career, nies who use non-traditional Tyler continued her collegiate studies. She media methods are generally holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from doing well. 20

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OCU student Donald Ashwood created this illustration of Amaria, the main character in the novel Tyler is writing.

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Trumping Cancer By Rod Jones

Kramer School of Nursing staff member Christopher Black had to face the same tragedy twice before landing his job as the school’s director of communications and outreach. After overcoming a cancer diagnosis, he had to revisit the issue years later when his 3-year-old son, Ian, had a three-pound tumor removed. “It certainly has changed my perceptions of cancer,” Black said. “We came through it fine, but I’ve learned a lot about how to handle things when someone close to you gets diagnosed with it.” Instead of complaining or blaming fate, Black feels fortunate he lives in a city that is large enough to have the necessary facilities for treatment and that he has plenty of family available for help living nearby. Some family members are nearby every day—his mother-in-law, Nina Gilliland, is the OCU mail center coordinator. His wife is currently an OCU political science major, which means there are plenty of opportunities to have lunch together. Now that they’ve defeated cancer twice, the husband and wife team are adamant supporters of organizations that fight the disease on a global scale. They support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and wife, Carrie, and son, Ian, have taken trips to Washington, D.C., to support the CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. Black’s OCU ties reach beyond a job and family connections. He is also a proud graduate of the music education program and he recently earned his MBA. Music was what drew him to the university. “I grew up in a musical family. My parents play piano, my grandfather played the organ and my uncle played accordion. My greatgreat-grandmother is probably the most

gifted. She taught violin at Julliard,” he said. Black carried his musical genes through Northeast High School in Oklahoma City, where he was in honors orchestra while enrolled in several advanced placement courses. After high school he was on the fast track through college. As a newlywed in his sophomore year, he was taking approximately 18 credit hours per semester and double-majoring in music and chemistry while working various part-time jobs. His health took a turn for the worse during the summer before his senior year. “I found a lump on my abdomen that wouldn’t go away. At first we thought it was a hernia, because we had just finished moving,” he recalled. “After I came out of surgery, the doctor apologized that the incision was so long, but he was surprised by what he found. He sent it off for a biopsy and the results came back positive. That’s when the painful schedule began.” Black had to get chemotherapy treatment every two weeks for six months. He trimmed his school schedule back to 12 hours per semester. Chris Black in front of the new nursing building Even though his day job isn’t musically related, Black still plays the bass as often as he can. He performs during dent and now as a staff member, has taught special events and private parties. him many valuable life lessons. He considers He is also raising talented children. His himself fortunate to have had a long history daughter, Tessa, is a singer and actress, his with the university. son, Ian, is learning guitar and his youngest “They say you can’t go home again, but child, William, knew how to read when he this place has been my second home for more started kindergarten last year. than a decade,” he said. Black said his time at OCU, first as a stuContact Rod Jones at Rod.Jones@okcu.edu.

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Nobody Knows the Truffles He’s Seen: Michael Cobb Leads Guylian USA By Leslie Berger

Alumnus Michael Cobb has enjoyed putting his Oklahoma City University advertising degree to work at a variety of companies during the last 20 years, leading him to a sweet job—president of Guylian USA Inc., a fine Belgian chocolate company. Cobb ’91 took over the U.S. subsidiary of the Belgian chocolate company about a year ago and is focused on growing the company and its recognition. One of the perks is sampling chocolates. Though Cobb eats up to seven truffles a day, he notes he still weighs the same as the day he started. “It’s hard to resist authentic Belgian truffles that are crafted with such expertise,” Cobb said. Among Cobb’s current tasks are securing additional U.S. distribution outlets for Guylian and leveraging the company’s Bel-

gian heritage. Cobb said the company’s authentic history and indulgent truffles are what appeals to him most. “Guylian is a great company with a wonderful heritage and a phenomenal product,” Cobb said. “We’re still using the original signature truffle recipe from 1958.” Michael Cobb The company formed when Guy and Liliane Foubert joined their names, both in marriage and in their company name creating Chocolatier Guylian, a small, artisanal chocolate maker. Guy was a passionate Belgian Chocolatier making handmade chocolate truffles in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Guylian became known for its exquisite seashell-andseahorse-shaped chocolates. Today, the company offers a range of chocolate truffles and gift box chocolates. Chocolaterie Guylian is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium boxed Belgian chocolates and one of the fastest-growing brands in major markets worldwide. Cobb’s career has included a variety of marketing positions at small and large companies. He served as vice president of marketing and sales for Bongrain Cheese USA and marketing director of Twinings North America. He began his career at Proct-

er and Gamble de Venezuela in Caracas and followed that with a 10-year stint at Unilever Foods where he held a variety of management positions and directed major international consumer brands such as Hellmann’s, Ragu and Wish-Bone. His interest in marketing came from studying at Oklahoma City University. Cobb remembers working with professor Sandy Martin on American Advertising Federation competitions. “I remember pulling all-nighters running to Kinko’s, before it was FedEx, to pull together presentations,” Cobb said. “Working on all of that really helped me find what I was interested in.” Cobb, originally from Plano, Texas, initially looked at OCU for its soccer program. He met with Coach Brian Harvey and quickly made a phone call to his parents. “I’m coming north,” he told them. After OCU, Cobb earned a Master of Science in integrated marketing from Northwestern University. Cobb still enjoys soccer and takes an active role in player development and coaching for the Maroons Soccer Club in Ridgewood, N.J., which includes 40 teams. Cobb also plays competitively with the Wildcats Futbol Team. Contact Leslie Berger at LBerger@okcu.edu.

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“I’m on the Oxford Plan.” That simple statement carries a strong definition according to Oxford Plan co-architect Richard Johnson, assistant dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences. “Obviously, this track isn’t for everyone,” Johnson said. “This is for focused students who intend to embark on a serious intellectual pursuit. It takes a large amount of dedication once you start, and the entrance requirement standards are set very high.” The qualifications for incoming students are the same as those for honors students. They need to score at least a 27 on the ACT or have a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Once in, Oxford Plan scholars begin working on their Bachelor of Arts degrees focusing on political science, philosophy and economics. Successful participants qualify for guaranteed or preferred admission to the Oklahoma City University School of Law to work on their Juris Doctor degrees. The scholars can get both degrees in a total of six years rather than the traditionThis is for focused al seven years, saving a year’s worth of tuition. students who intend Scott Davidson, philosophy professor and to embark on a serious Oxford Plan advisor, said that if the students intellectual pursuit. stay dedicated to the plan, they have a great Richard Johnson chance of joining a distinguished and excluassistant dean of the Petree sive list of highly successful individuals. College of Arts and Sciences “We developed this program because we feel that it provides an education that is essential for students who hope to be involved in public life and want to play a role in solving the complex issues and challenges in our society,” Davidson said. Sophomore student James Biscone signed up for the plan in hopes of contributing to his family’s law practice in Oklahoma City and perhaps one day running for political office. “The Oxford Plan, after the completion of my first year, did not disappoint in any way,” Biscone said. “From my first semester I was submerged into a challenging academic environment of work and effort. I have learned more about myself and about education this year than I ever thought imaginable. I am blessed to be in this strenuous program knowing that it will benefit me greatly once I reach law school and beyond.” Contact Rod Jones at Rod.Jones@okcu.edu.

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When Buckets Rained Down ‘The Pit’ By Rod Jones

Oklahoma City University’s basketball prowess is one of the school’s greatest legacies. The men’s basketball team owns six national championships and dozens of conference, district and tournament championships. One of the most prominent eras in all of college basketball’s history came during the reign of Abe Lemons, who coached OCU for 25 years starting in 1955. Lemons finished his coaching career with an impressive 599-343 record, making him one of the winningest men’s collegiate basketball coaches of all time. One of the players who helped him earn those wins was Rich Travis ’69, a sharpshooter who set the school record for most points in a career at 2,086. Travis’ scoring proficiency gained national attention as he found himself on a short list of eventual legends including “Pistol” Pete Maravich, the Louisiana State University superstar who is still regarded as one of the best players of all time. OCU was able to recruit Travis partly based on an unfortunate situation—other collegiate suitors backed off somewhat when Travis played an off-game during his senior year of high school in Bowling Green, Ken. “There were a lot of recruiters following me through high school and I had a nice list of schools to think about,” he said, mentioning programs like the University of Michigan, Davidson and the University of California, Los Angeles as some of his choices. “Some schools came back a second time to watch me play in an important game. My grandma had just died and I played one of the worst games of my career. “But Abe never wavered. He knew that game wasn’t one of my best and he knew I had potential. He talked to my mother and told me he would treat me like one of his own children.” Lemons had his eye on Travis ever since he was in the eighth grade. Coach Lemons had found a hotbed of talent around that part of Kentucky and made it a part of his regular recruitment trail. 24

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Rich Travis in 1966: Sharpshooter!

While shopping for schools, Travis had taken a trip to Oklahoma City and fallen in love with the campus and people in the community. “It was a small campus and everyone was so genuine. They made sure to support their students on the court and in the classroom,” he said. Travis started with the OCU junior varsity team, a customary practice for college freshmen due to eligibility requirements, and showed immediate promise of what the varsity team had coming. He averaged approximately 20 points a game during his first tastes of playing in “The Pit,” the players’ term of endearment for Frederickson Fieldhouse. He reached 500 points during his sophomore season, and the media began to take notice. Before his senior season even started, Travis had already broken two school records, tied another and was threatening two more. His best skill was creating his own scoring opportunities. Travis was a great ball handler who could make circus shots. “People always said I put up difficult shots that somehow went in,” he said. His favorite season was his junior year. He became the first player in OCU history to average 30 or more points per game and finished the 1967-68 season as the

fourth leading scorer in the country. Travis was also voted the Most Valuable Player in the All College Tournament, averaging 37.6 points per game. A story in The Oklahoman summed it up this way: “The ‘point man’ in Lemons’ one-guard, four-in attack, Travis has all the moves.” In a story about tying the school record by dropping 23 field goals against North Texas, The Oklahoman stated in the opening paragraph: “Oklahoma City University made a Travis-ty out of what was supposed to be a tough basketball opener…” There was great team chemistry, he said, that the team couldn’t quite muster during his senior year. Although the Chiefs started with a win in the All-College Tournament, resulting in a ranking of number eight in the country, the team couldn’t reach its expectations. “In a team sport like basketball, where you have five players on the court at the same time, it needs to be like a symphony. The players need defined roles, and they need to accept them,” he said. There was some conflict when a few team members expressed concern that they weren’t being treated equally due to their race, an issue that teams across the country were dealing with at the time. Travis didn’t approve of the way the players handled their grievances, a move that garnered the newspaper headline, “Travis Caught in the Middle.” Additionally, Travis missed a couple of games due to an injury after he collided with an opposing player when chasing a loose ball. However, by midseason the team got its momentum back and finished with a winning season at 18-9. Travis has fond memories of his time on the road with the team. It was unaffiliated with any conference and could compete on the same level as the bigger schools. “Our slogan was ‘the Chiefs fly from coast to coast.’ We were an independent school that traveled all over the country. We played against Temple, Villanova, La Salle University on the East Coast, TCU, SMU, Portland, UNLV—it was a great experience for us to be able to see the country,” he said. Travis was selected by two professional teams—the Indianapolis Pacers who were

in the American Basketball Association, and the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association. He chose the Pacers and played there for half a year before the U.S. Army drafted him during the Vietnam War. He was declared unable to serve due to his previous knee surgeries. He later moved to Pontiac, Mich., and started working for General Motors. He worked at a few other companies in various cities before settling in New York City. He earned his law degree from California State University and is now a consultant who arranges employment contracts for high-level corporate executives. Travis, a father of four daughters, has passed along his competitive nature to his two youngest, who excel on the tennis court. “My youngest daughter was really upset when she lost a match not too long ago,” he said. “I knew what I should do. I called my mom so she could tell her how I used to be when we lost. She said, ‘He was the worst person in the world when he lost. He was madder than a hornet.’” He said his recipe for success is based on playing people who are at higher levels. As a junior high school student, he played pickup games against people in high school. As a high school student, he played against people in college. “I never got intimidated by guys with a large presence,” he said, describing his Olympic team tryouts and all-star games with some of the greatest players in the country. “I grew up playing against guys who were above me, so I always felt like I could hold my own on the court with the best of them. “I think that’s true of a lot of athletes. When it comes time to take on the challenge, there’s a turning point when you feel you’re getting to your toughest mental state. That’s when you’re at your best.”

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Arts and Sciences, beginning in the fall of 2011. Addiction Prevention OCU Petree College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Davies said the university will work toward making the program permanent. By Leslie Berger “The addiction prevention studies program gives OCU a greater opportuniAs Jack Turner thumbed through the ty to make meaningful contributions within newspaper, he found story after story with our local community,” Davies said. “The proone common factor. His brow furrowed at gram is an extension of our mission to help the problem he has grown tired of seeing. students develop into servant leaders. Mr. The problem: addiction. Turner’s generous contribution will make a One solution: education. positive impact at OCU and in the broader The problem is addicts’ behaviors and their community for years to come.” consequences, Turner explained. Turner, who has served on two governor’s Turner has been glad to see some progress task forces regarding addiction and on the in the last few years for treating the illness of board for the Oklahoma Department of addiction, but noted very little has been done Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service, to prevent addiction. wants to make Oklahomans more aware of “As my friend, the Rev. Theo ‘Doc’ Benson how addiction adversely impacts the state’s says, we’ve gotten better about cleaning up economy, and most importantly, the lives of messes at the bottom of the cliff, but we don’t thousands of Oklahomans. do much to keep people from falling off the “A lot of people don’t realize how critical cliff. It’s time we get serious about preventhe problem of addiction is and how many tion, as well as treatment.” That’s why Turner recently made a lives it affects,” he said. Turner said substance abuse problems have $500,000 donation to fund a new program at Oklahoma City University. Turner’s dona- cost the state billions of dollars and caused tion will be administered by the Oklahoma thousands of Oklahoma college students to United Methodist Foundation and will es- drop out of school. The findings of a study tablish a five-year program in addiction pre- conducted for the most recent Governor’s vention studies at OCU’s Petree College of Task Force disclosed that the economic

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impact of drug and alcohol addiction and abuse alone cost the state and its citizens as much as $4.38 billion in 2003 and that each year, more than 6,500 students in Oklahoma colleges and universities drop out of school because of problems related to alcohol addiction and abuse. National studies reveal that as many as 85 percent of those incarcerated are there because of drug and alcohol addiction and abuse. Turner met several times with Davies and faculty members representing various disciplines to discuss a new program for addiction prevention studies and was impressed with their interest caused by the ever-increasing effect of addiction on students and society. Turner, a member of Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church, said OCU—a United Methodist university—is charged to follow Christian teachings for helping the sick. “That’s what the church is called to do and to do anything less than to get involved would be failure,” he said. “There’s a lot of people to help out there.” To contribute to the new addiction prevention studies program at OCU, contact planned giving specialist Dale Ross at (405) 208-5925 or dross@okcu.edu. Contact Leslie Berger at LBerger@okcu.edu.

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Retirement Account. This tax-free, charitable transfer from your IRA is available to people 70 ½ or older in amounts up to $100,000.

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You Gotta Have Art… CETL Injects Art Into Classes By Rod Jones Learn more about CETL at www.okcu.edu/cetl.

OCU nursing professor Susan Barnes works on an arts integration project.

A faculty development program at Oklahoma City University is revolutionizing the way professors work their trades. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides a variety of programs for OCU’s professors with the purpose of showing them how they can transform the art of teaching into, well—an art form. “Integrating art into teaching and learning activities is a great way to engage our students, particularly in the general education curriculum,” said Chris Garrett, director of CETL, the university department that runs the program. One measure of the program’s success comes from faculty and student feedback, Garrett added. “We have had faculty report that this way of teaching has been transformative for them,” he said. “Our students recognize that these arts-integrated courses are different from their other courses, and they seek them out when choosing their classes.” As part of the initiative to infuse the arts across the curriculum over the past four years, 35 OCU faculty received fellowships 28

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to develop unique courses and promote creative teaching. The professors were chosen by a competitive process before participating in special workshops, a year-long faculty learning community and a week-long arts immersion experience to a cultural city. The groups have been to San Francisco, Santa Fe, Chicago and New York City. Faculty participants also received significant support in designing and mapping out syllabi for their courses and deciding how they can integrate art into their area of teaching. CETL has established several programs at OCU with the intent of enhancing teaching skills. It sponsors workshops, encourages peer review sessions, offers individual consultations and coordinates faculty learning communities. CETL organizes an annual faculty awards luncheon that features a prominent guest speaker. It also partners with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for the annual “OCU Week at the Museum of Art.” To date, 75 percent of OCU’s full-time faculty have participated in CETL’s programs and activities, which first became available in 2007. But the arts integration program is the most visible component to students. During CETL’s annual faculty awards banquet in the spring, officials announced that program funding would continue even though the grant that got it started has run its five-year course. OCU’s leadership realized the importance of the program and decided to continue its funding. CETL and FAI were created with a $4.6 million grant from the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust in 2005. Garrett shared a couple of examples of how arts integration has been applied at OCU. Marie Hooper, professor of history, has her students carefully analyze artistic works from a certain era to learn more about what the people of that time were experiencing. The technique can also work the other way, like when a theater class taught by David Pasto

read a series of plays about scientists. Drama students decided whether the biographical and scientific information presented was accurate. “Fifteen to 20 years ago, few professors in higher education, particularly those at research institutions, looked at teaching as serious intellectual work. But since that time there has been a movement that has spread across academia in the USA and even internationally that has encouraged a change from that mindset,” Garrett explained. Voice professor Brenda Holleman said the techniques she learned through her involvement with CETL had an immediate impact on her ability to teach and her students’ abilities to learn. “Students are more insightful now. They are more able to empathize with something that is far removed from their own personal experience,” Holleman said. She decided to join the program after watching student reactions to a previous assignment. “When the war in Iraq began, I assigned a repertoire to some students that had to do with war. I wondered how it impacted them, how they felt when they were singing it,” she said. After going through the program, Holleman worked with history professor James Buss on a class titled “Arts in America: Performing, Ethnicity and Race.” The class combined history with cultural arts in the spring semester course. Holleman also appreciates the relationships fostered with professors in other departments. “Before, I had little interest in subjects outside of my career. It’s easy to get entrenched into participating in activities exclusive to your discipline. But I’ve found that this program has helped me not only learn more about other topics, but also more about the one I teach,” Holleman said. Contact Rod Jones at Rod.Jones@okcu.edu.

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Hat Trick: Stars take third consecutive WCWA national title OCU pulled out its third consecutive Women’s College Wrestling Association championship as four Stars captured individual titles Jan. 29 in Atherton, Calif. The Stars led the team points 117-96, overtaking Simon Fraser (British Columbia) by winning nine of 10 bouts in the championship finals and third-place matches. OCU had 13 all-Americans. Nicole Woody at 44 kilograms (97 pounds), Ashley Hudson at 59 (130), Kristie Davis at 67 (147) and Brittany Delgado at 80 (176) became national champions for OCU. Michaela Hutchison finished as runner-up at 55 (121). Hudson took home the outstanding wrestler of the tournament award. Stars taking third place were Kristi Garr at 48 (105), Joey Miller at 51 (112), Sheila McCabe at 59 (130), Tessa Plana at 63 (138), Brittney Roberts at 67 (147) and Melissa Simmons at 72 (158). McCabe took third for the second year in a row. Finishing fifth place were Amberle Montgomery at 63 (138) and Karon Scott at 90 (200). Scott finished her OCU career as a three-time all-American. OCU now has 39 national titles in all sports. OCU garnered the WCWA scholar team award with a 3.10 cumulative gradepoint average. Three Stars picked up academic awards—McCabe, Plana and Audrey Morehouse. To earn the academic award, each wrestler maintained a 3.5 GPA. McCabe has a 4.0 GPA.

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Live Free or Dieball Trying Nikki Dieball took the reins as OCU’s new volleyball coach Feb. 1. Dieball became the second coach for OCU since the program restarted in 2006. She joined the Stars after serving as Mid-America Christian coach the past two years. Dieball succeeded Jen Gomez, who went 134-60 in five years at OCU. From Mustang, Okla., Dieball played on three national championship teams in college—on a volleyball title team for Mid-America Christian and two basketball championship teams at Southern Nazarene University.

Oklahoma City University’s 2010 men’s soccer season came to a close in the SAC Tournament championship match, losing 2-1 to Oklahoma Baptist on Nov. 11 in Shawnee, Okla. Drew Hall scored OCU’s lone goal, assisted by John Dill, against 15th-ranked OBU. OCU ended 11-6-2. Chris Spendlove became a two-time allAmerican and SAC defensive player of the year. Spendlove turned professional with the United Soccer League’s Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads on Jan. 7, joining Richard Benigno, Dino Delevski, Tim Treviño and Andy Taylor as former OCU players who became pros. Alex Gang was honored as a CoSIDA academic all-American and an NAIA scholar-athlete award winner for the second consecutive year.

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OCU played to a 3-2 loss to Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on Nov. 29 in Decatur, Ala., ending its season at 19-3-1 in the NAIA women’s soccer championships second round. “We came up a little bit short in the end, but it was a great season for the girls,” OCU coach Brian Harvey said. “If you’ve got to go out as a senior, I think it was a good way to go out.” Malin Andersson netted the first goal of the match with an assist from Sheridan Horner. Blerta Rashica scored unassisted for OCU’s other goal. Andersson and Brittany Tibbs were named honorable-mention all-Americans. Tibbs, Ashton Glover, Josefine Holmgren, Lauren Kolker, Abby Lloyd, Alex Miley and Brittany Pressley became NAIA scholar-athlete award winners, while Tibbs was a CoSIDA academic all-American.

Former Star helps Giants to World Series victory Oklahoma City University’s own Freddy Sanchez produced on baseball’s biggest stage in helping bring the San Francisco Giants a World Series triumph in November. Sanchez, who became a 2000 NAIA all-American shortstop with OCU, aided the Giants in capturing their first World Series victory since 1954, when the Giants were in New York. In the 106th Fall Classic, Sanchez hit .273 with three doubles and three RBIs. Sanchez became the first player ever to pound doubles in his first three World Series at-bats in the Giants’ 11-7 Game 1 victory on Oct. 27. He equaled the Giants record for hits in a World Series contest. Sanchez became the first OCU alum coached by current coach Denney Crabaugh to Freddy Sanchez make the majors. Former Star pitchers Joe Bisenius and Chris Schroder later joined Sanchez in the majors. “I don’t have the words to describe how happy I am for him,” Crabaugh said. “We couldn’t be happier for him or more proud of him.” Sanchez ignited the Giants offense in Game 1 with a 4-for-5 with three runs driven in and three runs scored against Cliff Lee. In the postseason, Sanchez recorded a .270 average with four doubles and four RBIs. He led the Giants by hitting .360 in the National League Championship Series. Photo courtesy of San Francisco Giants

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OCU men’s golf coach Kyle Blaser became a Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Famer on Dec. 6. Blaser has led the Stars to more NAIA men’s golf championships than any coach—in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010. “I am very honored and humbled by this recognition,” Blaser said. “Our success would never have been possible without OCU’s support of men’s golf, a dedicated and supportive family and outstanding student-athletes who chose OCU as Kyle Blaser a place to mature at and to play for me.” Blaser has won 11 regional titles and 12 conference championships entering his 14th season as OCU coach. He has coached four NAIA individual champions and seven SAC individual champions. Blaser has been awarded the Eaton Golf Pride national coach of the year six times. He has been recognized as NAIA coach of the year six times, the most of any individual.

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McSpadden joins OCU Athletics Hall of Fame OCU softball coach Phil McSpadden was inducted into the OCU Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 6 during the university’s Homecoming Weekend. McSpadden has built the nation’s best small-college softball program at OCU, capturing eight NAIA championships in his 23 years as OCU coach. McSpadden became the second head coach active at the university to become an OCU athletic hall of famer, following Harvey in 2009. McSpadden has compiled myriad accolades, including becoming an NAIA hall of famer in 2007. He has been recognized as National Fastpitch Coaches Association coach of the year three times, NAIA coach of the year eight times, region coach of the year once and SAC coach of the year many more times. He and his staff have been NFCA NAIA coaching staff of the year three times. In his 24th year, McSpadden has guided OCU to eight national championships, the most in NAIA history, and three national runner-up finishes in 22 trips to the NAIA Championships. McSpadden has a 1,222-296 record (.805 winning percentage) in that span. McSpadden has coached five NAIA players of the year, two NAIA pitchers of the year, three NAIA catchers of the year and three four-time all-Americans. Four former OCU players have helped their country win Olympic medals. OCU has captured 10 regional titles, five bi-district titles, five district titles and 14 SAC titles under McSpadden. OCU has won 14 conference championships. “What I admire most about Coach McSpadden is his compassion for each and every player he has coached,” said Jenifer Wells, who played for OCU from 199295. “It never mattered whether you were an all-American or rarely played, you were treated the same.”

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OCU makes first NAIA volleyball championships appearance OCU ended a banner volleyball season in the NAIA Championships on Dec. 2 in Sioux City, Iowa. The 24th-ranked Stars concluded its year 23-14. The Stars achieved several firsts this year—capturing the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament, winning an NAIA Championship Opening-Round match and breaking into the top-25 rankings. OCU defeated Friends (Kan.) in four sets on Nov. 20 in the Opening Round after beating Wayland Baptist (Texas) in four sets on Nov. 13 in the SAC Tournament championship. Xiaoting Ma became OCU’s initial first-team all-American. The threetime all-American and SAC most valuable player finished as the Stars’ alltime leader with 1,431 kills. Victoria Cross, Vicky Murphy and Taylor Rowton were recognized as NAIA scholar-athlete award winners.

Jeff Maack, of Oklahoma City University, has been selected for induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame, the association announced recently. Maack will become the first former OCU athlete inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. He became a two-time all-American in leading OCU to the first NAIA World Series appearances in the program’s history from 1985 to 1988. Maack was recognized on Jan. 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Maack’s peers in the induction included Oklahoma Baptist baseball coach Bobby Cox, Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) baseball coach Q.V. Lowe and former Southeastern Oklahoma State player Cary Ammons. The 2010-11 NAIA Hall of Fame class also included former NBA all-stars Scottie Pippen of Central Arkansas and Terry Porter of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, former NFL player Casey FitzSimmons of Carroll (Mont.) and pro golfer Ian Leggatt of Texas Wesleyan.

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ROLL OF DONORS Y o u r Ge n e r o s i t y. T h e i r F u t u r e .

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Herman and LaDonna Meinders Oklahoma City Community Foundation Oklahoma Conference The United Methodist Church Ray and Pat Potts Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust Estate of Maryetta H. Rowe Simmons Charitable Foundation SSM Health Care of Oklahoma The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc. Wanda L. Bass Foundation, Inc. Wilshire Charitable Foundation

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Robert Henry and Jan Ralls Henry Henry W. Browne Foundation Gary and Sue Homsey Robert Hoover Jr. Integris Health, Inc. Jexal Foundation Thomas Jones and Leslie Tregillus Steve and Suzan Knight Kurt and Cathy Leichter Tom and Judy Love Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc. Martha Jean Lemon Revocable Trust Maxwell Resource Corporation McAfee & Taft Tom and Brenda McDaniel Paul and Jonalee McLaughlin John V. McShane The Meinders Foundation Robert and Jeaneen Naifeh Ronald and Kandy Norick Oklahoma Bar Foundation Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation P.W. Milhouse Interim Trust Phillips Murrah, PC H.E. Rainbolt Reserve Petroleum Company John and Charlotte Richels The Robert A. Parman Foundation Paul and Kimberly Sanders Stuart and Pamela Schroeder William and Pamela Shdeed Richard and Jeannette Sias Naomi L. Singer Shelby L. Smith Douglas J. Stussi Turf Appeal James L. Wade Wesley Foundation Board of Directors White Rhino Partners, LLC

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Niles L. Jackson and Barbara J. Thornton Harrison and Elaine Levy Dave and Lana Lopez Daniel P. Markoff Robert and Jean McSpadden Michael P. & Eunice M. Massad Foundation Inc. Robert K. Miles Naifeh Realty Company, Inc. Oklahoma Bar Association Keri C. Prince Robert E. Reynolds Richard P. Dulaney Foundation, Inc. John and Laura Roach John and Lois Salmeron Domer Scaramucci Jr. Simons Petroleum UMB Oklahoma Bank USA Oklahoma Amatuer Wrestling, Inc. Vype Magazine Wal-Dot Foundation

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Terry Baransy Susan J. Barnes J. Edward and Gene Barth James and Kay Bass David and Laura Beal Mark and Teena Belcik Loyd and Judy Benson Howard K. Berry Norwood P. Beveridge Paul and Colleen Bicket Joel D. Bieber Kyle and Krista Blaser Clifford and Connell Branan John T. Brogan Paul and Barbara Brou Thomas and Jo Brown Browne Family Partnership James and Betty Bruce William and Rhonda Buckles Bob G. Bunce Dan Burdett and Janis Love Randall and Connie Calvert Benjamin H. Chang Robert F. Chope Church of the Servant Lawrence and Chris Cobb Cole Family Charitable Foundation Colony Homes, Inc. J. William and Sherry Conger Conklin Family Foundation Lois A. Cooprider Gary Copeland Coppermark Bank Christopher J. Cost Richard and Marilyn Coulson M. Joe and Sherry Crosthwait Glenn and Vivian Dale Mark Y. Davies and Kristin R. Alex Davies Michael L. Decker Delta Dental Patricia R. Demps Steve and Ken Sue Doerfel Bill and Liz Donnelly Economic Club of Oklahoma Joe and Charlotte Edwards

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Thomas and Judy Lindley Dan Little Burrel and JoAnn McNaught Kenneth and Marie Nash A New Energy, LLC David Ooley William and Barbara Paul Presbyterian Health Foundation Norris and Betty Price George and Mary Ellen Randall Steven and Julie Raney Patrick and Marianne Rooney Susan Savage Gary and Anne Shaner Tony McGee Shelby and Phyllis Shelby Danny R. Snyder Southwestern Stationery and Bank Supply B. Craig Stinson and Krista M. Jones Marvona and Michael Tavlin R. Cullen and Bonnie Thomas Joseph and Cynthia Walkowski David and Rhonda Walters Robert W. Waring John Michael and Kathy Williams Drew and Lizette Williamson

Harry H. Goldman and Jettie Person Robert and Paulette Gordon J. Leland and Vicki Gourley Nathan and Linda Grantham Kyle E. Graves Greg McCracken & Associates Robert and Liza Greve

Jane B. Harlow James and Jean Hartsuck Basel and Suzanne Hassoun Robert E. Hayes Jr. and Deliliah Bernard-Hayes Walt and Elizabeth Hedrick John and Melvena Heisch Lawrence and Gay Hellman

Elsie S. Herendeen Brian and Laura Hobbs J.R. and Mary Holder Joe R. and Patsy Homsey John and Janet Hudson G. Bill and Deborah Hull Hunzicker Brothers In Your Face Athletics Michael W. Jackson Jim Shoulders Enterprises Bernard and Mautra Jones John T. Jones Perry and Jeri Jones Randy and Connie Jones Journey House Travel, Inc. M. Farouk and Noha Kana’a Al and Marsha Keller The Kerr Foundation, Inc. Craig and Julie Knutson L. Wallace Construction Inc. William and Laura Laing Greg and Erin Larson David Leader and Scott Davis Ruth G. Leebron Art and Betsy LeFrancois Richard and Frances Lerblance Lighthouse Charities, Inc. Duke and Linda Ligon Thomas and Judy Lindley Dan Little Rebecca Love Donald and Barbara MacPherson Patrick and Kathleen Mahon Phil and Darwina Marshall David and Nancy May Don and Virginia McCombs McFarlin United Methodist Church Kenneth and Debra McKinney Burrel and JoAnn McNaught K.T. and Marilyn Meade Robert H. Meinders focus sprin g 2 0 1 1

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Anthony S. Adams Murla J. Adams William M. Adams Ben and Nancy Adkins Traci C. Adkins Airport Express, Inc. Jim Akerstrom R. Daniel Alcorn Jr. William and Katherine Alexander Bander F. Alhafi All Turf, LLC Robert D. Allen Howard and Kathryn Allnutt David Althouse Robert and Diane Amend American Indian Chamber of Commerce - OKC Chapter Lauren N. Anders Alta M. Anderson Gary and Margo Anderson Jack and Elle Anderson W.D. Anderson William and Ellen Anderson Jose Andrade John and Conny Andres Tom and Dorothy Andrews Animal & Bird Clinic of Mission Viejo, Inc. Mark Anthony Anthony David Salon Issei Aoyama Apple Computers Joyce E. Applegate ARI, Inc. Thomas and Allesan Armstrong Dan and Eleanor Armstrong Dennis and Ju Chuan Arrow Opal Ashenbrenner Jason Ashford-Wolfe Aspen Athletic Club AT&T - Little Rock The Athlete’s Foot/Jason White’s A Store Divided J. Noble Atkins Cissie P. Atkinson

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Steven J. Aton Frank J. Atwater Gordon and Jane Austin Kathy G. Avery B.C. Clark Jewelers, Inc. Ray and Jannelle Babb Rosemary E. Bachle Stephen and Tamara Bachman Everett Bagley Jr. Traci Bair Gordon and Vada Baird Jay Baker and Jenniver Heavner Baker Joe and Melissa Baker William and Kathryn Baker Robert B. Baker Baker and Dameron, LLC Donald and Colleen Balaban Chelsea M. Baldwin Clifford and Mary Baldwin Cassandra J. Ball Jim and Nikki Ball Ball Golf Center Balliet’s Mary C. Baltierra Marilyn B. Balyeat Bama Foods Larry and Pamela Barger Marcus and Anne Barker Brian A. Barnes E. Floy Barnes Glenn and Oheta Barnes Thomas and Carlice Barnett Kendra L. Barreda James and Barbara Barrett Phillip and Aline Barrett David and Leta Barry Gene and Barbara Bartels Robert and Dona Barth Stanley L. Basler Kathryn Baumwart Chris Bayouth J.R. Beames Randal C. Beams Janet Beard Beasley Oil Company

Charles and Ea Beck Donald C. Beck John and Serena Beckett Claude and Barbara Beeler Richard and Mary Beisel William M. Bell Bell & Rhodes Kendall J. Beller Ashley M. Bellet Belmar Golf Club Everett and Marilyn Beltz James and Lisa Benbrook Runette Benbrook Timothy and Cynthia Bench Jerry and Jackie Bendorf Mary S. Benner Dale R. Bennett Patricia C. Bennett Regina J. Bennett Richardand Mary K. Bennett Lloyd A. Benson William and Nina Benson Christopher J. Bentley Randy and Priscilla Bentley Danita R. Berg Eric and Leslie Berger Charles and Cynthia Berry Best Buy Cathy L. Bewley Ken and Jo Bierman Larry G. Bierman Big Dude Clothing Big Red Sports & Imports Rhone Bird Florence G. Birdwell Bituminous Casualty Corporation BKD, LLP David M. Black Skipper and Debbie Black Joe and Polly Black Lisa Blackburn Lloyd Blackwell Lloyd D. Blaine Eloise A. Blake Bruce and Karen Blake

Stephen and Virginia Blanchard Jap and Nancy Blankenship Mike and Rita Blaser Donald Blasingame James and Catily Blevins Harmon and Diana Bliss Jeffrey A. Blumenthal Mary P. Boday Sean and Jaime Bode The Body Shop Richard and Annie Bohanon Richard and Debra Boles Cheri C. Bolz W. Kenneth and Geraldine Bonds William and Nicole Bondurant James and Dianna Bonfiglio Wallace and Vivian Bonifield Jim and Jo Booher Stephen M. Booth Paul and Sue Boren Violet I. Borr Biswajit and Jo Ann Bose Ted and Sandy Bottger Dianna L. Bottoms V. Arthur and Breda Bova Mark and Kimberly Bowen Dennis and Jan Box Bobby L. Boyanton and Alejandra S. Boyanton-Cano Edward and Josephine Boydston Theresa H. Boyll Kay Bradley Rebecca Bradley Rick Bragga and Debbie Mohring-Bragga John H. Brandenburg Brianna K. Brandon James and Barbara Brandon James E. Brandon Jacweir Breslin Jr. Mary E. Brewer Travis and Catherine Brewer Bricktown Brewery

Bricktown Candy Company Scott Briggs Natalie E. Brittingham Timothy R. Brittingham Charles W. Britton Brixton Opticians Kathryn S. Broad Steven and Deborah Broberg Diana E. Brooks Ronnie and Mary Brooks Mary A. Broom Charlee S. Brotherton Michael and Christie Brouillet David R. Brown and Ann Noble-Brown Deborah J. Brown Monte and Deborah Brown Phillip Brown and Elizabeth Fawcett-Brown Fred and Barbara Brown Lee and Harriet Brown Kathleen S. Brown Jeffry and Kristi Brown Michael and Traci Linn Brown Robert and Karen Browne Robert Brubaker and Susan Poole Brubaker Marcia K. Brueggen Richard A. Bruha Seth and Angela Brumley Victor and Leann Brumley Robert M. Bryan Paul and Genevieve Bryant Bill Bumpus Anne R. Bunting Kevin L. Burditt Alan and Mary Burgess James M. Burk William and Phoebe Burkett Casey Burns Debbie L. Burns Frederick A. Burns Rick Burns Bob and Denise Burton Thomas and Diana Burull Victor A. Burull

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Jason Bush and Jennifer J. Long Jim Buss Martha Butler Cabana Tan Martha J. Cahalen Joyce P. Calderwood Lechelle Calderwood Jo C. Cameron William M. Cameron Michael D. Camfield R. Craig and Rachel Campbell Dia D. Campbell-Detrixhe Camps Quick Change Oil, Inc. Steven and Vickey Cannady Moon Lim Canon Voorhis C. Cantrell Larry and Mary Capehart Capitol Abstract & Title Company Joseph and Patricia Cappy Cruz Cardenas Patrick and Sandra Carder David and Kafie Carman Frank and Carol Carney Kacie Carpenter Dorothy C. Carson Jane M. Carter Christopher and Jennifer Carter Joe and Lori Carter Robert and Kathleen Carter Norma Casad Earnest and Floris Cash Joseph and Sara Caskey Jeffery R. Castleberry Richard and Rosemary Cato Judy Cawthon CBR Commercial Contracting, LLC Central National Bank of Enid Central Oklahoma Opera League, Inc. Central Sonic CO-OP Terry S. Chambliss Charles Allen Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc. 38

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David and Adra Cheek James T. Chen Rocky Chen Xin Chen Betty Chenault Maria V. Chenaut Vida Chenoweth John Chiaf Dennis and Lynne Christie Delbert Clancy and Lilliam Mathes Clancy Gennie Clanin C. Blue Clark Darryl Clark Janyce L. Clark Leroy D. Clark Mike and Trisha Clark Brad and Dorothy Claussen Richard and Mary Clements Donald K. Clewell William and Trish Cloud Mark D. Clouse Coach’s Terry and Christina Coalter Shaun G. Coates Cob Courtsey Fund Richard and Shawn Cochrane Aubrey and Meredith Cocklin David and Martha Coffield Jeff and Ali Coffman George and Karla Cohlmia Lana Cohlmia Nancy L. Cohlmia Charles and Bonnie Coker Kyle T. Coker Patricia A. Coker Colcord Hotel David Cole Kevin and Stephanie Cole Cole & Reed PC Brian Coleman Colin and Melissa Colgan Chet and Kim Collier Raymond and Lisha Collins Colson’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Don and Donna Combs

Combs Group, Inc. Floyd and Janice Conaway Eileen L. Connal Judy D. Connor Julie D. Conrady Richard and Carol Conza Edward and Kaye Cook Gene and Irene Cook Linda S. Cook Jackie and Barbara Cooper Charlotte R. Cooper Steve L. Cooper James and LaRue Coover Justin and Brandy Corcoran W.E. and Norma Cordill Nicholas and Megan Cordle William and Mary Ann Corum Joe Cory Shawn and Susan Cosby John Cotner Joseph and Valerie Couch Courtyard by Marriott Jim and Dawn Cowan Nancy A. Cowden Christy F. Cox Cox Business Services Convention Center Cox Communications, Inc. Tulsa Duane and Frieda Crabaugh Franklin D. Crader George and Lelah Craig Nathan and Christina Crain Scott and Cassie Cramer Barbara S. Crandall Wayne and Carmen Craney Carol A. Crawford John and Melissa Crawford Von R. Creel Thomas and Ann Creider Crimson Creek Golf Club John and Cindy Crittenden William H. Croft and Elyn Munn-Croft Joey C. Croslin Avery N. Crossman

Harlan and Gayla Crossman Crowne Plaza Hotel - Kansas City Downtown Crystal Clear Chiropractic Denise Cullen Monica L. Culley-Coleman Bo and Houng Cung Robert N. Curry and Vicki Green Ward Curtin A. Brad and Patricia Curtis Joseph A. Czoch Marlin and Janice Dahlke Dahr Holdings, LP Ronald and Barbara Dall Paula J. Dalley Bruce and Sandra Dalrymple William and Anne Dalton Jim R. Daniel L. Newell Darner William and Joyce Davis John and Sandy Davis Scott E. Davis Ernest and Shirley Davis Yumi Davis Christopher M. Day Dawn Day Peter M. Day Dean and Matthews, PLLC Thomas and Rita Dearmon Eugene M. Decker, III Daniel and Kimberly Decker Deep Fork Grill Alvin and Laura Deer Donald and Kathleen Dees Michael and Gayla Degiusti David W. Degnan Paul and Judith Degraffenreid Magean Dela Torre Jaime and Raenee Delgado Dell Andi Dema Benjamin Demps Jr. Dena Halle, LMP, LLC Rowland and Mary Denman Carol A. Dennis Dentistry 3001, Inc.

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Scott and Andrea Depee Daniel and Rosemary Derr Phil H. Deschner Lisa K. DeSpain Cecil Devine Thomas J. Devine and Sharon L. Betsworth Richard and Helen Dickson Elizabeth J. Diener David B. Diggs Coy and Natalie Dill Lee and Debbie Dillman Stephen and Ann DiNovis John J. Ditmars and Cathy M. Christensen Tim and Melissa Dixon DLP Energy, LLC Angela R. Do Robert S. Doenges Clifford and Karen Donahue James and Barbara Dorff Dornick Hills Country Club Charles and Cheryl Dorrance Russell and Sandra Doty James M. Downer Pat Downes Joe and Diana Downing Patricia Downing L. Dow and Carolyn Dozier George and Paula Drew Qijun Duan H.R. and Mary Dubben Jim G. Duckett Diane M. Dugan Richard and Cynthia Dugger Steve and Diana Duncan Duncan Brothers Salon Michael P. Dunham Ben and Tori Duphorne Oscar and Lois Durant Eagle Land & Minerals Company Earl’s Rib Palace Estate of John Prather East Larry A. Eberhardt Karen Eby Larry R. Eck

Edward and Debra Eckhart Steve A. Eckroat Gregory and Christine Eddington Dan and Kathryn Eddy Rick and Marcia Eddy Edmond Music, Inc. W.B. and Lisa Edmonds Gregory and Mary Edwards Orville E. Edwards Warren and Kerstin Ehn Callecia D. Elam Elephant Bar Restaurant Ronald and Lida Elkins Randi V. Ellefson Larry and Johnna Elliott Ryan and Amanda Ellis C.G. and Ena Elmore Donald and Suzanne Emler EnCana Cares Foundation Rodney and Teri England Mark and Mendi Enright Carla L. Epperson John and Dawn Evans Jason and Chelsea Ewald Extreme Animals, Inc. Falcone’s Pizzaria Charlotte M. Fantry Ronald C. Faram Clay and Jamie Farha Farmers Insurance Group Farrar Construction, Inc. James and Miki Farris Sherrie Faulkner Jessica A. Fay Ronald and Roberta Feller Dallas and Christine Ferguson Jon Ferguson Nancy Fetzer William S. Fields Ivan and Inga Filippo First Commercial Bank First United Bank and Trust Company First United Methodist Church of Bartlesville

First United Methodist Church Youth Fund John and Pamela Fischer Daniel and Bessie Fisher Joanne Fisher Richard and Sara Fisher Fit For Her W. Anthony Fitch and Leslie M. Wileman Grace L. Fitzgerald Hope E. Fitzgerald Richard and Diana Fitzpatrick Donald and Jennifer Fitzpatrick Ryan G. Fitzpatrick Flatlands AG Consulting Bonnie E. Fleming Paul and Deborah Fleming Kristi D. Flies Flintco, Inc. Terry and Peggy Flinton Harry E. Flynn Irene Flynn Timothy E. Foley Mary B. Folk David A. Foose William Foote Jr. James and Dorothy Ford Zelda Ford Jason D. Foreman Michael R. Forsythe Jason R. Foster Harlan and Joy Foster Brent Foster and Keri G. Williams Foster Dennis and Charlene Fowler G. Edward and Jeanne Fowler Jacob N. Fox Paul and Barbara Fox Virginia H. Fox Tyler M. Foy Francis Tuttle Technology Center Rodman and Joan Frates Kent R. Frates Mary Y. Frates

Christopher and Emily Freeman Jessica A. French Tally D. Fugate Sheridan A. Fulkerson Full Circle Bookstore Fred and Ann Fulmer Virginia F. Fulton Harry and Peggy Furr Gabbard & Company Crystle D. Gabriel Mary E. Gaddie Mubina Gaffar Russell and Shirley Gagnebin Gaillardia Country Club Reuben E. Galceran Norman and Josette Gamble Steve and Kerri Gannaway Patricia A. Garcia Cynthia E. Gardner David and Jana Gardner Joseph and Angela Gardocki John and Ellen Garhart J. Keith and Suzanna Garlick Cecil Garlin Christopher E. Garrett Stephen and Linda Garrett David and Helen Garrison Chad Gatewood Joseph and Lisa Gatta Paul M. Gebb Bob Geiger Garyl Geist Pete Gelvin Gerald L. Gamble Company Philip and Leanna Geyer John and Susan Gibbs Gilbert and Alena Gibson Hydi Gibson Harold Giddens Lisa Giles Kendra D. Gill Tammy Gill

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James and Nina Gilliland E.L. and Martha Gillingham Andy Gin Charles and Laurie Givens Ashton J. Glover Samuel J. Glover Kay Goebel Gold Star Graphics Amy Goldsby Golf, Inc. Jack and Sylvia Golsen Chanc and Jennifer Gomez Ernest and Sharon Gomez Gabrielle C. Gomez James and Elizabeth Gondles Nancy B. Goodwin Judy J. Gordon Betty J. Gorrell Bridgette Graham Steven A. Graham and Vicky L. Kelly Grand Dental Studio Shelly D. Graves Gary M. Gray Arthur Gray and Paulette Lowe Robert and Jerri Gray Graystone Properties of OKC, Inc. Katrinka N. Greear Judy L. Green William and Geraldine Green Green Country Cafe Stephen and Christine Gregoire John and Marsha Greiner Helen Gretz Larry and Johnnie Griffin Kenna R. Griffin Raymond and Nancy Griffin Robert B. Griffin Griffin Communications, LLC Bud and Jane Griffy Kendra E. Grimm 40

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Dawn Grooms Group Six, Inc. Clinton and Kerry Groves Flora Groves Jason C. Gruber Michael R. Grynberg and Kelly Baldrate Stanley and Pamela Guffey Beckie Gunter Noma Gurich Miley Ernesto Gutierrez James and Terressa Guzak Larry and Jeannette Haag Mary Lou Hadwiger Hal Leonard Corporation Sonya Haley Christopher Hall Lindsay G. Hall Bill and Suzanne Hall Lee Hallman Diana L. Hamidi Paul and Wilma Hamilton Harold and Sue Hamm Brian and Carolsue Hammond Ronald and Dorothy Hammond James H. Hampton Hampton Inn & Suites Holly A. Hance Steven and Linda Haneborg Arthur and Kathy Hanke Dallas and Lou Hanna Mel Hanson David and Ramona Hanson Harborside Storage, Inc. Nathaniel Harding John and Martha Hardt Tammy L. Harley Bethany G. Harlin Craig and Cynthia Harlin Peter Harlin Timothy R. Harlin Matthew W. Harney Mischell Harrah Alvin and Beverly Harrell Donald and Patricia Harris Frederick H. Harris

Claude and Lina Harris Lyndel and Kathryn Harris Frederick and Nancy Harris Robert and Trish Harris Tiffany Harris Harris Chiropractic Clinic, PC Joseph and Mary Harroz Harry’s TV, Video & Appliances Brian Harvey Charles M. Harvey Richard and Elizabeth Hatcher Kim and Suzette Hatfield Angela E. Hawes Russell and Jo Ellen Hayes Jerry and Jennifer Hedrick Hal and Anna Hefner Jo Heidebrecht Delton and Carole Heihn Donald and Bobbie Heimbach Brice Heinen Dan and Carol Heinen Audrey G. Heise-Fijalka Charles and Margaret Helm Taiawagi and Tina Helton Robert C. Hendrick Jeremiah B. Hendricks Mike and Linda Henkle Amy L. Henninger John and Ann Henry William and Phyllis Henry John and Susan Hermes Donald G. Herrmann Brooke Hessler Tommy and Cheryl Hewett Michael Hicks and Maudie M. Miller Ed and Mable Higganbotham Corey G. Hill William and Jacqueline Hill Hilton Anatole Dallas Bill and Carolyn Hines James and Joan Hirnisey Philip and Stacie Hixon HLP Solutions E. Stanley Hobbs Jr. Nelda G. Hobbs

Tom and Willa Hobens John and Donna Hodkinson Vincent and Mona Hoehner Dan and Sarah Hogan Charles and Christy Holland Philip and O. June Holloway Roger and Glenna Holloway Robert and Kirst Holly Christopher Holman Clifford and Erin Holman Pat H. Holman Judy L. Holmboe John and Zelda Holtzclaw Jason Holuby Home Depot Jason and Callie Homsey Randy K. Hook Mary Jo Hope Todd and Christine Hopeman Bambi A. Hora Melinda S. Horan Jody D. Horn Kerry L. Horst Jane W. Horton Cheryl Hoster Shannon M. Houston Wesley and Karen Hovey Carol A. Howard Rosemary Howard Liwen Huang James and Inova Hudson M. Hueneke Audell Hughes Shawn and Marisela Humphries Deane Hundley James and Linda Hundley Thurman J. Hunker Jr. Duane and Deanna Hunt Gerry and Angela Hunt John and Patricia Hunt Byron and Julie Hunter James and Edwina Hunter James and Karen Hunter James and Sue Ann Hyde Eleanor A. Inglis Jolene R. Ingram

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Integrity Auto Group International PEO Sisterhood Chapter FB Interurban Jay and Peggy Irby Bill and Christine Irwin Stephen and Leslie Ives R. Lee and Darlene Ivy J.P. Construction, Inc. Scott and Darla Jackson Jason Jackson Rhett L. Jackson Wayne and Karen Jackson Rachel Jacquemain Jada Foundation Steve and Kim Jantz Robert and Mary Jardine Jasworx Jean Kelley Leadership Consulting Thomas and Joanie Jedlicka Carol A. Jenkinson Larry and Karen Jennings Donald and Dixie Jensen Paul and Helen Jester Dennis and Cheree Jeter Jewelry Connection Bari S. Johnson Constance N. Johnson Robert and Gennie Johnson Jaime Johnson Mark A. Johnson Richard R. Johnson Willa D. Johnson Johnson Enterprises Brenda J. Johnston D. Craig and Hilary Johnston J.C. and Susan Johnston William and Ann Johnstone Tony and Adree Jones Cheryl Jones Dennis and Saundra Jones Jake Jones Lewis Jones Rod Jones Ryin K. Jones

Robert and Sandra Jones Scott J. Jones Jerry B. Jordan Jordan Associates Dennis B. Jowaisas JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA Judy Love Specialties JW Marriott - Houston Harry and Belia Kahl Catherine R. Kain David and Jenny Kallenberger Kevin and Judith Kando Lindsey Kapella Yvonne Kauger Josh Kay and Heather D. Legato-Kay Kelloco, Inc. Hunter T. Kelly Kelly Moore Paint Company Morris and Jean Kelne Sherry Kendall T. Scott and Angela Keneda John D. Kennedy John and Jane Kenney Robert Kennington John and Deborah Kenny Ken’s Steak and Ribs Greg and Kathy Kersgieter Mary Kett David and Lori Key Anwar I. Khader Michael and Candace Kiehn J. Peter Kierl George and Jennifer Kiersch Jennifer M. Killman Terry and Kathryn Kilpatrick Jan Kimzey Fred L. Kincaid Barbara King Deonne King J.H. and Earlene King King Aerospace Holdings, Inc. Chris and Sandra Kinnison Michael and Sandra Kirk Denver T. Kitch

Michael and Sharon Klein Tommy Klepper Richard and Kate Klingenberg Fred and Sue Knight Mike and Tempe Knopp Thomas S. Knowles Sr. Jean Kobs Brant and Desiree Koenig Paul and Patricia Koenig Koenig Chiropractic William and Natalie Koplin Victor and Lucy Kormeier Lynda M. Korvick Edwin S. Kramer Katherine Kreitzer David and Sarah Krivy Lois G. Kruschwitz Steven J. Kuder Morris J. Kuper Biju Kurian Ai Kuroda Charles H. Kuzniar John and Linda Laakman John Lackey Paul A. Lacy Carl and Tracie Lafata Van and Clara Lafferty LaForge Properties, LLC Gregory W. Laird Eric T. Laity Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation David and Tambra Lamb Paul and Judy Lambert Ken L. Lambert Larry Lambert Charles Lambeth and Dyan T. Shaw-Lambeth Robert and Gayle Landeck David and Patricia Landrum Kimberly D. Lane Robert and Victoria Lane Lange and Lange Duane and Caroloe Langley Craig and Nancy Lankford Timothy and Linda Larason

Larc Enterprises Latent, LTD Tommy and Nelda Latham Amanda M. Lathan James and Kathryn Lathim Robert and Karen Lathrop Warren and Gay Lathrop H. Dean and Phyllis LaVelle Michael and Angela Lawhead Lois K. Lawler Brown Douglas and Virginia Lawrence Russell and Sherry Lawson Elizabeth A. Lawton Lazy K Properties Le Chic Salon Le Fringe Salon Janet T. Leadbetter Mable M. Leaf Brent Learned Albert and Dixie Ledbetter Ted and Anna Ledbetter Ledbetter Eye Care Charles and Nora Lee Houston Lee Sharla Lee Don and Patti Leeman Ronald and Ann LeFever John and Celia Lehmann Kathy Leithner Betty J. Lemons Ann O. Lessig Mark Lester and David Fretwell Diane Lewis Robert and Kay Lewis Lewis Jewelers, Inc. Sinnie Li Amy D. Linduff Cathy S. Lippard Todd and Donna Lisle Jerry and Mary Little Little Little Little Windel Oliver Landgraf & Gallagher, PLLC LiveClassTech, LLC

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Susannah B. Livingood Tony and Dee L. Llanusa Abigail G. Lloyd Emily L. Lloyd Loc Salon Michelle E. Lockhart Lockheed Martin Vjal Lolchandwala Brandon and Joanna Long Scott and Marilene Long Graciela Lopez Louie’s Grill and Bar Louie’s On The Lake Tania S. Love G.W. and Cheryl Lowry John and Jolynn Lowry Charlie W. Ludden Robert and Karen Luke Charles and Pat Lundeen Paul and Belinda Ly Orville and Lois Lyon Lyric Theatre MA+ Architects Jeffrey and Dawn Maack Vicki L. MacDougall Christopher C. Mace Bruce H. Macella Madeleine Crouch & Co, Inc. Magic Services, Inc. Malcolm and Joan Maguire Michael and Mary Mahaffey Grace H. Mains Jack and Maria Malone Laddie and Barbara Maly Lynnell E. Mandl William J. Manger Manhattan Construction Company Vaibhav Maniar Timothy and Carrie Mann Bob Manness Marble Slab Creamery Brian and Jennifer Marcum Melody A. Marcum Kristina S. Marek Marilyn Torbett Company, LC

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Peter and Kristine Markes Franklin L. Marlin and Gwendolyn Morgan Marlin Marriott Hotel & Resorts Richard and Patti Marshall Sue A. Marshall Billy and Alana Martin Danny L. Martin and Annette Murphy Catherine Martin Heath E. Martin Lynette L. Martin Mervyn M. Martin Ronald and Susan Martin Martin Family Trust Matt Mashore Massage Envy Massage Therapy by Dean Samuels Noby and Jolly Mathew Mathis Brothers Furniture Company Ronald and Linda Matlock Michael R. Matthews Clarence and Sybble Maune Maveric Mini-Marts, Inc. Dann J. May and Phyllis E. Bernard Lavonne Mayberry Michael Mayer Dan and Carroll Mayfield Charles and Caroline Mayfield Julianne M. McAchran Larry and Barbara McCarty Sue McCasland Theresa C. McClaugherty Tom and Susan McClung Mark and Kathy McCormick Howard McCracken and Marie Harkey Matthew E. McCreary Jan L. McDaniel Randy and Julie McDaniel Eva McDonald Timothy McDonald and Karen Zagrocki McDonald Michael J. McDonough

George and Alma McElhoe Colin S. McEwen Mark A. McFadden Keith and Kelli McFarland Mitzi K. McGuire Lana S. McIntyre Roger and Patricia McKee James and Edna McKeown William and Muriel McKeown Alton McKey Mason and Joye McLain Royce L. McLarry Jean E. McLaughlin Al McLaughlin and Joan Gilmore Lamar and Carol McMillin Steven and Pamela McNabb Philip T. McSpadden M-D Building Products Maytha A. Mead Jan Meadows W. G. Meadows, V MEDCO Herb and Marlene Mee John and Sue Meikle William and Rosemarie Melton Charles and Marilyn Mendenhall Harvey S. Mercer Jr. Margaret A. Messiah Metro Electrical Contractors, Inc. MetroShoe Warehouse Theodore A. Metzler Gary A. and Karen Meyer Mattie Meyer Rebecca E. Meyer Sarah K. Meyer Clifford and Ruth E. Michaelis Daniel M. Michelson Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse Mid America Roofing & Construction David and Lisa Miley John E. Miley Daniel T. Miller

Jesse C. Miller John H. Miller Marcus Z. Miller Jerry and Novell Miller Robert and Eleanor Miller Jessica Miller-Merrell Timothy and Nancy Mills Gary and Deborah Minard Alan and R.J. Mintz John R. Miriello Frederick F. Mischler and Lisa M. Wolfe Aaron and Keri Mitchell Susan B. Mitchell TaHar and Heather Mjigal Jo Beth Moad Julia J. Moler Monarch Resource, LLC Charles L. Monnot, IV Johnny and Margaret Monsour Robert and Margaret Montgomery Paul and Chloe Moore Jerry and Marilyn Moore Franklin and Joyce Moore William and Kay Moore Ron and Mary Moore Rita K. Moore Melvin and Jasmine Moran Adria L. Morgan Cheryl R. Morgan Estate of Mary L. Morris Bures Richard and Clarice Morrison Kevin and Morgan Morrissey Mark J. Morrow and Sherry Abraham-Morrow K.W. and Polly Mosley Lisa M. Mosmeyer Clifford Mueggenborg David and Diane Mueller Naim A. Mumallah Dustin R. Murer Marshall and Jo Anna Murphy Vicky Murphy Richard and Christina Murray Eugene and Betty Myers John R. Myers

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Michael Myshrall and Bonnie K. Arthur Mark and Chris Nanny Vincent and Karen Nealey Jacob D. Neff Don Neilen Ron J. Nelson David W. Nessel William and Deborah Nevins New Beginnings Massage Therapy New Earth Productions, Inc. Pam Newby Mark and Jennifer Newman Michael and Shauna Newman Rodney and Ann Newman Jay and Marcia Newton Michael and Jacci Nicholas Joseph Nichols Nic’s Grill Nightherder Land & Cattle Company David and Betty Nittler Betty L. Noakes Don and Fran Nobles Nodus Graphics, Inc. Johnson P. Noerdlinger James J. Nolan Ronald and Gay Norgaard Norick Investments, Inc. Clinton J. Normore North Oklahoma City District of United Methodist Church Rob and Sara Northwood Eddie and Dianne Nowell Peter K. Nyaga Edward R. O’Brien and Cheylin S. Loessberg H. Frank O’Brien Terence and Catherine O’Connell William and Kimara O’Connor Virginia L. Oden J.D. and Mable Odom P.B. and Beth Odom Keith and W.H. Oehlert

Robert and Linda O’Hern OK Runner OKC Thunder OKC Yard Dawgz Donna K. O’Keefe Oklahoma City All Sports Association Oklahoma City Pianist Club Oklahoma City Writers, Inc. Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Inc. Oklahoma Department of Commerce Oklahoma Employees Credit Union Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company Foundation, Inc. Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency Oklahoma Humanities Council Oklahoma League for Nursing Oklahoma United Methodist Historical Society The Oklahoman Old Chicago Gates and Kay Oliver On A Whim Patricia M. Oplotnik William and Carol Orr Scott and Cheryl Orr Orr Oil & Gas E&P, Inc. Jesus and Emily Otero Brian W. Overling Cindy Overstake Lee Overstreet and Amy I. Zuback Kim D. Owen Deborah S. Owens Kevin and Stacy Owens Russell Pack Kenneth Painter Panera Bread Elaine A. Paparonis Dorothy R. Pape Larry and Joyce Pardue Annette Parham Ida E. Parker

Quay F. Parker Charlotte Parrack Pamela R. Parrish Philip and Mary Parry Parson’s Jewelry Party Craze, Inc. Linda Pate Pathways Professional Counseling Arthur and Kathleen Patrick Bernie L. Patterson Fred L. Payne Patrick Pellagrino Kathryn A. Pendarvis Angela R. Pendleton Larry and Deanna Pendleton Brenda S. Penner Hoefar Daryll L. Perine Karen Perkins Helen M. Permenter Randy and Virginia Peter James and Sharon Peterson Terry O. Phelps and Claudia Carroll-Phelps Philbrook Museum of Art Jerry and Jill Phillips Gregory and Katherine Phillips Marjorie J. Phillips Phoenix Management Services, LLC Margaret H. Pierce Melinda Pierce Johnson Bobby and Mona Pigg M. E. Pinales Billy and Minniezell Pinson Phil Pippin and Alice Sias Pippin Pirates Alley Cary and Randa Pirrong PM Group Point Guard College Jennifer R. Polvado David and Madge Pomeroy Paul S. Pomeroy Kathy L. Poore John and June Porter Billy and Winnolia Porterfield

Jeffrey and Karen Potter Michael and Bertha Potts Chris Powell Jane E. Powell Robert and Kimberly Powell Linda Faye Pratt Stephanie Pratt Billy E. Presley Steven Presson and Jean E. Giles Mark and Janet Price Katherine A. Price Suzanne K. Prideaux Jennifer S. Prilliman Estherine Prince Principal Technologies, Inc. Daniel and Jan Pritchard Pro Camps USA George E. Proctor Jr. Nathan and Jacqueline Proffitt Prohibition Room Lindley and Norma Pugh Daniel and Bonita Pulver Merle and Oleta Pulver Christina Punnett Kevin F. Putman Bill and Sharon Pyeatt Quail Creek Golf & Country Club Betty Quinlan Socorro M. Quintero Ann E. Ragland Frank W. Ragsdale Rames Law Firm, PC Randy Ramirez Heather Randall Arthur and Kathy Randall Ranger S Stores, LLC Linda J. Ransom F. B. Rapp Lori Rasco Rattan School Paul and Pamela Ray Dalton P. Reaux, III and Leticia K. Mayo-Reaux The Recognition Company

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Red Lion Hotel Red Pin Restaurant and Bowling Lounge Laurel H. Redding James and Lauri Reeg Renaissance Dallas Hotel Renaissance OKC Downtown Hotel Teresa A. Rendon Dee and Penny Replogle Mary E. Replogle Jamie Replogle Lake Republic Bank & Trust Gary and Jill Ann Resetar Marvin and Linda C. Resnick Berta Faye Rex Maria I. Reyes Reynolds Law Firm, PC Everett and Bernadine Rhoades Michael and Carol Rhodes Timothy and Deborah Rhodes John and Helene Rhodes Hugh and Cynthia Rice Larry and Judith Rice Linda A. Rice Troy and Melva Rich Mark and Shannon Rich Richard & Ruth Lampton Family Foundation Blake D. Richardson David E. Richey Gordon M. Rickard Jason M. Rickman Bradley A. Riddle Charles and Piper Riddle Richard A. Rigazzi and Brenda L. Duncan Dennis A. Rigdon John and Lisa Riggs Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis Mimoza Rista-Dema Darold and Ruby Ritchie River Oaks Golf Club

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Terry and Beverly Roark Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation E. Wilson and Bana G. Roberts Jack O. Roberts M. Louisa Roberts Clinton and Rachel Roberts Thomas R. Roberts W.E. and Rhoda Roberts Roberts Trucking Joseph E. Robertson Justin and Allison Robinson Richard and Melissa Robinson Rolonda R. Robinson Valerie D. Robinson Eulis C. Robison Joe and Jacci Rodgers Rodney Lemons Enterprises, Inc. Zachary P. Roehrs Shannon M. Roesler Oscar and Ethel Rogers Stacey M. Rogers Carol K. Rooney Jaime Rosas R. Bruce Rosier Dale E. Ross William and Lil Ross Joseph and Helen Rossney Rosson Manufacturing Co Edmund and Wadad Rotzinger Ron Rounsaville Route 66 John Bedford and Jo Rowan Carl and Debby Rubenstein Diana Ruffin Joseph and Vestina Ruffin Anton and Barbara Rupert David Rupley Thomas and Vicki Russell Todd C. Rust S & K Manufacturing Ralph and Sandra Sallusti Nevin and Jolene Salmans Salon & Spa on Spring Creek Margaret Salyer

Kay Sandel Darrell and Kimerly Sanders Raymond and Linda Sanders Anthony and Lori Santiago Anne-Marie Satkowsky Heath and Kelly Satterfield Robert and Kathleen Sauers Scott L. Savage Charles and Betty Saviers Peggie Saxton Roland P. Schafer John and Pamela Schimek Ronald and Elaine Schlosser James G. Schmaelzle Leopold and Carol Schmidt Charles and Jane Schneeberger Linda H. Schoenhals Duaine Schoneweis Wayne and Doris Schooley Otis L. Schoonover Albert and Eloise Schrempp Chris and Tammy Schroder Sarah T. Schubert Cynthia E. Schuermann William J. Schulte Jr. Frederic and Debra Schwartz Nick Schwartz Paul and Regina Schwarz Jeffrey and Heather Scoggins Anthony W. Scorsone Scuba Shack Richard A. Seals Craig and Patricia Sebek Scott and Janet Seefeldt Bernard Seegel Frank Sewell, IV Adam and Alyson Shahan William and Rose Shaklee Mahmood and Roya Shandiz Ben and Shirley Shanker Shannon Crites Dance, Inc. Matthew D. Sharp Scott and Tracy Sharp Renza N. Sharpe Kari A. Shaw Ronnie and Dorothy Shaw Edward Sheakley

Jim and Melanie Shelley Courtney and Elaine Shenkle Gary A. Shepard George Shepherd Stephanie Sherwin Don C. Shields James and Lucy Shields Theodore and Emily Shierk Don and Barbara Shinn Mark A. Shipman Evan M. Shough Showcase Trophy & Awards Center Jim and Mei Sibley Alan and Robin Silber James and Erlene Silman Diana Silver Silver Dollar City Silverleaf Shotgun Sports Brian and Helen Silverman Jim and Kathy Simmons Paula B. Simmons John R. Simon Roger and Barbara Simons Amy D. Simpson Thomas and Angela Simpson Darryl and Janet Sinclair Gracie Allen Sine Chris T. Small John and Barbara Small Susan V. Small Earl and Tina Smedley Brian and Joyce Smith Debra A. Smith James and Louise Smith Nancy L. Smith Ortrie and Christine Smith Ted and Patricia Smith Richard and Jan Smith C.E. and Ronda Smith Valerie R. Smith Harold and Wanda Smith Joshua M. Snavely Derek Snell Andrew and Linda Snyder Patrick T. Solinski Sonic Industries, Inc.

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Southstar Exploration, LLC Todd and Carol Souza Spaghetti Warehouse Paul and Carolyn Specht Special Care, Inc. Specialty Subs, LLC Jeannie Spence Guy and Priscilla Stagner Gary and Jean Stanlake Jack and Virginia Stanley Starbucks Coffee Company John C. Starkey Ann K. Stearns Randy S. Steck Michael and Jean Steenburgh Gerald L. Steichen Irwin and Kelley Steinhorn Betty L. Stejskal Robert and Marsha Stephenson Tracy E. Stetson Josh and Kelli Stevens Tina Stevens Donna Stewart Roy and Jill Stewart Marsha A. Stewart Sandy Stewart Wade and Tracey Stewart Janey Stewart-Wheeler Robert C. Stillwell Jim Stoddard Michael T. Stogner Henry and DeLana Stokes Joke Stokkentre Samantha A. Stoll Jeffry B. Stonebreaker Norman G. Stoner Regina S. Story Daniel and Phyllis Stough Don and Virginia Stout Jan E. Stovall Stowe Wilson Properties John S. Stratton James F. Straub Richard and Reta Strubhar Robert J. Strunin and Lori Dubin

Jonathan and Beth Stukey Scott and Denise Sullivan John and Mascelly Sullivan Mark and Lela Sullivan Douglas and Mary Ann Summers Marc and Lori Summers Rosalie Summers Summit Bank Sun Mountain Sun Tan Sundance Lawn & Turf Management, LLC Karilyn A. Surratt Jay and Trish Sweet Sweet Mimosa Day Spa Bill and Wanda Swisher Karen Swyden-Hargrove Brian Syzmanski D.A. and Linda Tabberer Roland and Patty Tague Viola L. Tallent Tan and Tone America James and Helen Taylor Irby Taylor Jason Taylor John S. Taylor Robert and Janel Taylor Shannon D. Taylor Steven and Mary Taylor Teague Body Shop, Inc. John W. Teeter Carol S. Teeters Judson and Helen Temple Tener’s Western Outfitters James and Dorothy Tennery Samuel Tennison Phyllis Thane The Little Gym William and Rachel Thetford Alestine Thomas Donna N. Thomas Robert and Harriet Thomas Jeanne H. Thomas Mary B. Thomas Susan M. Thomas Lindel and Judy Thomason

Craig A. Thompson Hugh and Donna Thompson Jack and Ann Thompson Julie M. Thompson Paul M. Thompson Thomas and Joan Thompson Kevin L. Thornburg Larry R. Thorne Tanya Tibshraeny Don Tidholm C.E. and Evelyn Tidholm Tiger Safari Zoological Park David and Sarah Timberlake Tinker Federal Credit Union Tinker Owens Insurance Agency & Marketing Services, Inc. Titleist Tobacco Exchange Gregory and Carole Tobin Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill Tokeco, Inc. Richard L. Tortorelli Robert Tortorelli Totally Tan Chelsea N. Traber Henry Trattner Cindy S. Treadway Taylor Treat Tribe Cheer and Dance George Monroe Hilton Trotter and Shirley Huber-Smith Trotter Virgil and Gwen Trout J. Mac Troy and Carol Wilkinson Troy Drew and Lorre Kay Troyer George N. Tsiakilos Boyd and Gay Tudor Hugh and Robbie Tullos Tulsa Shock Jack and Genie Tumilty Melinda D. Tune Ryall and Jane Tune Dorothy J. Turk Katelyn B. Turnbull Shantelle J. Turner

Terry and Nancy Turner Deborah S. Tussey Twentieth Century Class Twin Hills Golf & Country Club Twin Rivers Golf Club Lee and Jessica Tyner Jeff and Valerie Underwood United Methodist Women of Mangum Utica Physicians Association, Ltd Valvoline Instant Oil Change Nancy J. Van Antwerp Adrian and Barbara Van Brussel B. Eric Van Chantfort Tiffany B. Van Der Merwe Doretha Van Horn Mardella I. Vandervort Dewitt and Jean Vann Freda Vann Nancy W. Vann Seth C. Vannatta Donald S. Vincent and Vela M. Langhofer Vincent VIP Limousine Kristy Viravong Visual Image Media Consultants, Inc. Mary Jane Vitale Helen B. Vodicka Josh D. Waddell Matthew and Maeva Wadsworth James and Vickie Wagner Robert and Mary Wahl Kenneth F. Wainner and Kathleen Gerrity William Wakeham and Patsy Glover-Wakeham Collin and Lori Walke Russell and Katherine Walker Robert and Linda Walker Vincent and Joyce Walker Jerald and Virginia Walker Walker, Ferguson & Ferguson Louie and Deena Wall

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Wynn Construction Company, Inc. Charles and Pamela Wyrick Donna J. Wyskup Donna W. Yee John and Debra Yoeckel Susan Yorke Joseph and Ava Young Barbara J. Young Carl and Beveryly Ann Young J.R. and Carolyn Young Janita Young Mark and Sherri Young Michael and Beth Zagata Anthony and Rebecca Zaikis Ronald J. Zittel Charles and Jaimee Zorio Victor L. Zuniga

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Leonard and Gloria Williams Steve and Kathy Williams Michael R. Williams Allen and Nancy Williams Robert and Karen Williams Wiley and Janet Williams Williams Sonoma Paul and Marvel Williamson Brad Willis Jonathan and Elizabeth Willner Judith A. Willoughby Gary and Alice Wilson Donald and Ann Wilson David M. Wilson Philip C. Wilson Terry L. Wilson Win Shelton Agency - State Farm Insurance Margaret L. Windham Brian D. Winslow Clinton A. Winslow Robert and Hazel Winslow Charles C. Wisler Jr. Kelley D. Wismer Richard E. Witt M. F. Wlodarski Fred and Zara Woerner Brian K. Wolf Christina A. Wolf Michael and Shirley Wolf Zachary Wolf Leona Wolford Joe and Jan Womack Carla Wood Betty L. Wooden Sandra Woodruff Roger and Kristina Woodward Gary and Linda Woodward Charlotte E. Wood-Wilson Dick and Anne Workman Willis and Debra Worley Erick and Kimberly Worrell Ann M. Worthington Dick Wright Xiaofeng Wu

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Bill and Helen Wallace Mary L. Waller Deborah A. Waltz Ning Wang and Gang Xu Peng Wang Richard A. Wansley and Meredith A. Davison William and Janet Wantland Bart and Mary Ward Kurtis and Regina Ward Travis and Tiffany Warford Scott and Lauren Warnke Laura Warren Waterford Marriot Jennifer Watson Jack and Mary Weddle John and Jackie Weekley Dick and Linda Wegener Ray and Darlene Weimer John and Gloria Welch Ted and Gail Wernick Wes Lochridge & Associates Westin City Center Dallas Westlake Ace Hardware Mark and Kimberly Wewers Meridith K. Whitaker Tom and Evelyn White Max and Janice White Ronald and Lynn White Peter and Lynne White John and Marceline Whitfield Earl and Zona Whittaker Fred and Margaret Whittet Truman D. Widener Ben and Kari Wilcox Veronica Wilcox Jim and Andrea Wilcoxen Odalie A. Wildes Larry and Ashlie Wilhelm Kay Wilkes Dee Dee Willard Carl and Alice Williams Angela D. Williams Johnny and Carolyn Williams E.E. and Barbara Williams Harold and Ethel Williams

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Leslie J. Berger Phyllis E. Bernard Sharon L. Betsworth Norwood P. Beveridge Cathy L. Bewley Florence G. Birdwell Kyle Blaser Mary P. Boday Debra S. Boles Cheri C. Bolz Dianna L. Bottoms Brianna K. Brandon Mary E. Brewer Kathryn S. Broad Diana E. Brooks Kathleen S. Brown Thomas L. Brown Frederick A. Burns Denise L. Burton Lechelle Calderwood Dia D. Campbell-Detrixhe Vickey J. Cannady Jeffery R. Castleberry Benjamin H. Chang James T. Chen Xin Chen Gennie Clanin C. Blue Clark Mark D. Clouse Shaun G. Coates Lawrence W. Cobb J. William Conger Linda S. Cook Brandy S. Corcoran Susan G. Cosby Arthur W. Cotton Sandra K. Cotton Valerie K. Couch Nancy A. Cowden Barbara S. Crandall Von R. Creel Joey C. Croslin Paula J. Dalley Mark Y. Davies Christopher M. Day Gayla J. Degiusti

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Raenee J. Delgado Lisa K. DeSpain Elizabeth J. Diener Angela R. Do Liz Donnelly James M. Downer Qijun Duan Larry A. Eberhardt Karen Eby Larry R. Eck Christine M. Eddington Gregory N. Eddington Randi V. Ellefson Donald G. Emler Teri L. England Carla L. Epperson Jessica A. Fay Deborah R. Felice Roberta K. Feller Sara E. Fisher Bonnie E. Fleming Deborah Fleming Catherine D. Flis Jason D. Foreman Jason R. Foster Patricia A. Garcia Christopher E. Garrett Paul M. Gebb Michael T. Gibson Jean E. Giles Nina L. Gilliland Betty J. Gorrell Robert A. Greve Kenna R. Griffin Robert B. Griffin Kendra E. Grimm Dawn Grooms Michael R. Grynberg James R. Guzak Lee P. Hall Lindsay G. Hall Richard E. Hall William R. Hall Mel Hanson Alvin C. Harrell Lyndel T. Harris

Tiffany Harris Brian Harvey Elizabeth A. Hedrick Jo Heidebrecht Audrey G. Heise-Fijalka Lawrence K. Hellman Amy L. Henninger Robert Henry Brooke Hessler Corey G. Hill Nelda G. Hobbs Donna S. Hodkinson Brian W. Holland Glede W. Holman Teresa M. Holman Jody D. Horn Kerry L. Horst Carol A. Howard Rosemary Howard Liwen Huang Gerry L. Hunt Eleanor A. Inglis Darla W. Jackson Michael W. Jackson Rachel Jacquemain Carol A. Jenkinson Jaime Johnson Richard R. Johnson Brenda J. Johnston Bernard M. Jones Jeri L. Jones Rod Jones Ryin K. Jones Dennis B. Jowaisas Catherine R. Kain Marsha L. Keller Sherry Kendall Robert Kennington Greg P. Kersgieter Anwar I. Khader Jennifer M. Killman Kathryn B. Kilpatrick Michael J. Knopp Jean Kobs Lynda M. Korvick Sarah H. Krivy

Steven J. Kuder Morris J. Kuper Eric T. Laity Lois K. Lawler Brown Art G. LeFrancois Sinnie Li Susannah B. Livingood Dee L. Llanusa Michelle E. Lockhart Jennifer J. Long Charlie W. Ludden Lois L. Lyon Vicki L. MacDougall Bruce H. Macella Brian J. Marcum Darwina A. Marshall Alana Martin Lynette L. Martin Dann J. May David L. May Virginia L. McCombs Jan L. McDaniel Tom J. McDaniel Colin S. McEwen Philip T. McSpadden Theodore A. Metzler John H. Miller Frederick F. Mischler Jo Beth Moad Charles L. Monnot, IV Joyce L. Moore Cheryl R. Morgan Daniel J. Morgan Judith A. Morgan Kevin M. Morrissey Lisa M. Mosmeyer Naim A. Mumallah Dustin R. Murer Jacob D. Neff Rodney L. Newman Michael J. Nicholas Clinton J. Normore Virginia L. Oden Patricia M. Oplotnik Vincent F. Orza Jr. Brian W. Overling

Russell Pack Mark E. Parker Bernie L. Patterson Vicki W. Patterson Fred L. Payne Karen Perkins Terry O. Phelps Jennifer R. Polvado Eduardo Prieto Jennifer S. Prilliman Kevin F. Putman Sharon K. Pyeatt Socorro M. Quintero Frank W. Ragsdale Randy Ramirez Lori Rasco Pamela K. Ray Laurel H. Redding Timothy G. Rhodes Blake D. Richardson Dennis A. Rigdon John E. Riggs Lisa C. Riggs Mimoza Rista-Dema Rolonda R. Robinson Valerie D. Robinson Jacci L. Rodgers Shannon M. Roesler Stacey M. Rogers Dale E. Ross Jo Rowan Gina D. Rowsam Todd C. Rust Lois L. Salmeron Kay Sandel Scott L. Savage John B. Schimek Frederic S. Schwartz Nick Schwartz Richard A. Seals Mahmood T. Shandiz Kari A. Shaw Ronnie J. Shaw Dyan T. Shaw-Lambeth Melanie L. Shelley Gary A. Shepard

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Evan M. Shough Diana Silver Amy D. Simpson Susan V. Small Debra A. Smith Joshua M. Snavely Patrick T. Solinski Andrew C. Spiropoulos Priscilla A. Stagner John C. Starkey Tracy E. Stetson Kelli M. Stevens Tina Stevens Sandy Stewart Janey Stewart-Wheeler Samantha A. Stoll Jeffry B. Stonebreaker Regina S. Story Jan E. Stovall Victoria K. Swinney Viola L. Tallent Jason Taylor John S. Taylor Dorothy J. Tennery Julie M. Thompson Kevin L. Thornburg Richard L. Tortorelli Cindy S. Treadway Katelyn B. Turnbull Shantelle J. Turner Deborah S. Tussey Jessica L. Tyner Tiffany B. Van Der Merwe Josh D. Waddell William R. Wakeham Linda D. Walker Peng Wang Bart H. Ward Tiffany R. Warford Laura Warren Jennifer Watson Carolyn J. Weber Jackie B. Weekley Leo G. Werneke Truman D. Widener Veronica Wilcox

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CHAMPIONS CLUB James and Annetta Abbott Airport Express, Inc. Jim Akerstrom All Turf, LLC American Electric Power Lauren N. Anders Robert and Rebecca Armstrong Frank J. Atwater Ball Golf Center James and Kay Bass Beasley Oil Company William M. Bell Bell & Rhodes James and Lisa Benbrook Timothy and Cynthia Bench Charles and Cynthia Berry Big Dude Clothing Bituminous Casualty Corporation Jeffrey A. Blumenthal W. Kenneth and Geraldine Bonds James and Dianna Bonfiglio Rebecca Bradley

John H. Brandenburg John T. Brogan Jeffry and Kristi Brown Bill Bumpus Jim Buss Rodney and Peggy Campbell Camps Quick Change Oil, Inc. David and Kafie Carman Kacie Carpenter Joe and Lori Carter CBR Commercial Contracting, LLC Central National Bank of Enid Chickasaw Nation Brad and Dorothy Claussen George and Karla Cohlmia Brian Coleman Raymond and Lisha Collins Combs Group, Inc. J. William and Sherry Conger W.E. and Norma Cordill Arthur and Sandra Cotton Jim and Dawn Cowan Christy F. Cox Cox Business Services Convention Center Cox Communications, Inc. of Tulsa Duane and Frieda Crabaugh Bo and Houng Cung Cusack Meats Marlin and Janice Dahlke Davis Farms / Iron Mound Investments Ernest and Shirley Davis John and Sandy Davis Rick and Pam Davis Michael L. Decker Cecil Devine Devon Energy Corporation Tim and Melissa Dixon James M. Downer Joe and Diana Downing Diane M. Dugan Steve and Diana Duncan E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation

Steve A. Eckroat Rick and Marcia Eddy Farrar Construction, Inc. Sherrie Faulkner First Commercial Bank Donald and Jennifer Fitzpatrick Harry E. Flynn G. Edward and Jeanne Fowler Jacob N. Fox Virginia H. Fox Sheridan A. Fulkerson Russell and Shirley Gagnebin Steve and Kerri Gannaway John and Susan Gibbs Harold Giddens Tammy Gill Golf, Inc. R. Nathan and Linda Grantham Graystone Properties of OKC, Inc. Green Country Cafe Stephen and Christine Gregoire Larry and Johnnie Griffin Jason C. Gruber Sonya Haley Carol M. Hansen Brian Harvey Brice Heinen Robert C. Hendrick Donald G. Herrmann Vincent and Mona Hoehner Brian and Heather Holland Charles and Christy Holland Roger and Glenna Holloway Robert and Kirst Holly Gary and Sue Homsey Joe R. and Patsy Homsey G. Bill and Deborah Hull Shawn and Marisela Humphries Duane and Deanna Hunt John and Patricia Hunt James and Edwina Hunter James and Karen Hunter

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Chris Powell Robert and Kimberly Powell Stephanie Pratt Billy E. Presley Suzanne K. Prideaux Eduardo and Tracy Prieto Nathan and Jacqueline Proffitt ProStar Services, Inc. George and Mary Ellen Randall Heather Randall Ranger S Stores, LLC Rattan School Dawn G. Reiter Gary and Jill Ann Resetar Michael and Carol Rhodes Charles and Piper Riddle Douglas and Kelli Riddle Justin and Allison Robinson Rodney Lemons Enterprises, Inc. Paul and Kimberly Sanders Raymond and Linda Sanders Domer Scaramucci Chris and Tammy Schroder William J. Schulte Paul and Regina Schwarz Craig and Patricia Sebek William and Pamela Shdeed Don C. Shields Mark A. Shipman Richard and Jeannette Sias Alan and Robin Silber John R. Simon Lee Allan and DeAnn Smith Todd and Carol Souza SSM Health Care of Oklahoma Michael and Jean Steenburgh Wade and Tracey Stewart Joke Stokkentre Tanya Tibshraeny Don Tidholm Gregory and Carole Tobin Chelsea N. Traber Virgil and Gwen Trout

Hugh and Robbie Tullos USA Oklahoma Amatuer Wrestling, Inc. Visual Image Media Consultants, Inc. James L. Wade Jerald and Virginia Walker Wes Lochridge & Associates White Rhino Partners, LLC John and Marceline Whitfield Drew and Lizette Williamson Brad Willis Robert and Hazel Winslow Hub R. Worrell Dick Wright Barbara J. Young Tanis R. Young Cheryl Zimmerman Charles and Jaimee Zorio

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Keith and Kelli McFarland Lana S. McIntyre Alton McKey Paul and Jonalee McLaughlin Philip T. McSpadden Robert and Jean McSpadden W. G. Meadows Metro Electrical Contractors, Inc. David and Lisa Miley John E. Miley Jesse C. Miller John R. Miriello Monarch Resource, LLC Marshall and Jo Anna Murphy Nightherder Land & Cattle Co. Nodus Graphics, Inc. Ronald and Kandy Norick Norick Investments, Inc. Rob and Sara Northwood Eddie and Dianne Nowell H. Frank O’Brien J.D. and Mable Odom P.B. and Beth Odom Oklahoma Amateur Wrestling, Inc. Oklahoma City Baseball Camp, LLC Oklahoma Sports & Orthopedic Institute Orr Oil & Gas E. & P., Inc. Overhead Door Deborah S. Owens William and Jeanne Patrigo Steven L. Payne James and Sharon Peterson Ronald and Janet Petty Gregory and Katherine Phillips Jerry and Jill Phillips Marjorie J. Phillips Phoenix Management Services, LLC Bobby and Mona Pigg Pioneer Trucking, Inc. Kathy L. Poore Ray and Pat Potts

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Florence Bettis * Caroline L. Blue * Johnny A. Blue * Kathleen Tucker Bone * Edna Bowman * Loretta Kay Bradley Kleida Weaver Brown * Ellen L. Bryan * Robert A. Bryan Tanya S. Bryant Bob G. Burke Clarence W. Burr * M.K. Butler Hugh V. Byler Jr. Mabel Campbell Bettie Carey John M. Carey Eleanor Carrithers * Roy Chandler B.C. Clark Jr. Jeroldine Zacharitz Clark * Carol Hutton Cochran Christine Collins Elizabeth Herring Collins * Jack T. Conn * George D. Craig Lelah Price Craig Lisa Crone-Sheldon M. Joe Crosthwait Jr. Philip E. Daugherty * Herbert E. Davis * Ena Dawson * Marvin Dawson * Michael L. Decker Phil H. Deschner Catherine Ellzey Dougherty Patricia Downing John Prather East * Larry A. Eberhardt Sarah Stanley Edwards * Jim A. Egan * Pat Eitzen Ronald P. Eitzen Juel Emrick * Broneta Evans * LeVerda Evans *

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C. Randolph Everest * Marjorie J. Fanning * Esther Wessel Farmer * Lee Findlay * O.F. Folmer * Sharon G. Fore Paul A. Fox Robert D. Fry Nick L. Gales Marion B. Galloway * Velma Gillette * Elizabeth Girtman * Jennie Goodson-Cannon * Dorothy M. Graham * Mary K. Grisso Norma Rowe Gunn * Larry M. Haag Attieson H. Halbrook Herschel W. Harder * Allen K. Harris Jr. * Helen O. Hartman * Richard P. Hastings Patricia Hatamyar Elton Henderson Robert Henry Elizabeth A. Hensley * J.B. Hitt * Gary B. Homsey Frank Horton * Karen A. Howard Florence Hron * Lyndall F. Hudson * Darrell W. Hughes * Verna Hurst * Ronald G. Jacob Dixie Jensen Donald F. Jensen Baxter Johnson Jr. * Patricia A. Johnson Clara E. Jones * Roumaine Kearse * Richard B. Kells * Nancy I. Kenderdine Karen L. Kirkpatrick Jim D. Kutch Mary Jo Kutch

Ann Lacy Grace D. Lamar Sally Jo Langston Timothy M. Larason Ruth G. Leebron Cathy Leichter Kurt Leichter Helen Lenn * W. Penn Lerblance, III * Frances Norick Lilly * Ona Elizabeth Loewenstein * Andrea L. MacMullin Donald W. MacPherson Elda A. Manis * Harlene Marley Samuel E. Marrs James L. Martin Jr. Callie Jane Maschal * Margaret G. Mathis * Christopher A. Mauldin Dorothy Mayes * Gene L. McCornack Mariann McCornack Jane M. McCreight * William G. McCreight * Richard F. McDivitt Dean A. McGee * John R. McInnis Jr. Burrel J. McNaught JoAnn McNaught Doloris A. McVay Charles E. Mehr Herman Meinders Patrick K. Miles Glenn E. Millard Mary A. Millard Bonnie L. Miller Glen O. Miller Maudie M. Miller Yvonne Miller Frederick F. Mischler Margaret Landrum Moedt Nile W. Montgomery * Gary M. Moore * Helen Galloway Moore * Jeannene Moore

Loy Morris * Marian Morris * Theresa L. Morris * Mary L. Morris Bures * Frederick J. Murnane * Debbie Musick David P. Nagle Jr. Grace Nelson * Margaret E. Newton * Helen Nicholson * Marjorie J. Norick * Neva L. Osborne * Mark E. Parker Pamela Richardson Parrish Margaret Farha Pate * Nell Patterson * Marcella A. Peck * George Pellinger * F.M. Petree * Margaret E. Petree * Richard W. Pickens Pat J. Potts Ray H. Potts Winona S. Presley * Emma Price * Robert R. Price * Aran R. Priddy * Ellen G. Reid * Margaret K. Replogle * Helen A. Riddle * Esther Agnew Robinson * Warren O. Romberger Casey Ross-Petherick Erma L. Rouse Dennis N. Rubenstein Orval J. Sams Jr. Mary Clary Sargent Freeda M. Sarjent * Michael D. Schag Pamela B. Schroeder Stuart R. Schroeder Hugh W. Scott Jr. Shirley D. Scott Minnie Seba * Cheryl Seguine Robert W. Seguine Jr.

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Gladys B. Whetsine * Alice Whitten * Spudds Widener * R.A. Wildman * Drew Williamson Lizette R. Williamson Raymond Wilson * Vivian Wimberly * Flora Rouse Winter * Georgia Winton * Charles C. Wisler Jr. Frances J. Wisler * Lisa M. Wolfe Betty Lou Wooden Evelyn Wynell Woodruff * W. Woodworth * Hub R. Worrell Celine M. Wyatt * Euclid M. Wyatt * Kiyoko Yamamoto Beverly A. Young Carl W. Young Mary Wells Young * Edna Zaspel * * denotes a Member in Memoriam

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Garvin Senn, III John Shakely, II * Pamela Shdeed William F. Shdeed Ruby Lu Simpson Carl W. Skinner * Ruth Skinner * Erma Smith * Shelby Lee Smith Grace M. Stephenson * Walter Stiller * Carl W. Stokes Jr. * Wayne D. Stone William R. Strain Hope R. Strasner * Lemuell Summers * Irene Swatek * Marvon S. Tavlin Michael J. Tavlin Donald W. Tharp * Charles Rector Thigpen * Mary Elizabeth Thigpen Bette Thomas * Tom A. Thomas Jr. * Abbie Thompson * Kelly R.Thompson Gladys H. Tucker M. Kevin Tully Patricia R. Tully Alireza Vahazadeh Robert W. Van House Nellie Mae Vandegrift * James Vanderpool * Jerry B. Vannatta Marianne B. Vannatta * Betty L. Veatch * George Vickrey Nadine Vincent * Mildred S. Voak * James L. Wade Jerald C. Walker Viginia K. Walker Dora Warne * Miriam McGuffin West * Helen L. Weterveld * Ellen Jayne Wheeler

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Glenna Tidwell Brayton Deborah S. Brown Monte R. Brown Andrea Carpenter Norman D. Cecil Terry S. Chambliss Shin H. Cho B.C. Clark Jr. Floyd K. Conaway Larry K. Coshow Christopher J. Cost Christina Melton Crain Aileen Caesar Crosley Scott Davis Charles L. Deaton Dennis J. Dougherty Robert D. Dudley Karen A. Engle * Jacqueline Leveridge Fiegel Nicholas A. Fiegel Timothy E. Foley Josephine W. Freede Gerald L. Gamble Jane A. Jayroe Gamble Helen M. Garrison Enoch K. Haney Earnest Hardridge Jr. Roger A. Harrod Suzette B. Hatfield Judith E. Hawkins Russell O. Hayes Cheryl L. Hill Philip D. Hixon Nelda G. Hobbs Brian W. Holland Evelyn B. Hooge Harrison E. House Jr. Michael W. Johnson Ronald Karns Gayla A. Kelly Mark W. Kelly John M. Kessinger Biju Kurian Clara M. Lafferty Greg M. Larson David A. Leader

Sharon A. Lease James F. Lowder, II Ellen H. Lunsford William T. Lunsford Andrea L. MacMullin Michael Mayer Martha Ann R. McCaslin Kathlene C. McCracken Brenda McDaniel Tom J. McDaniel Pat L. McFerron Sharon McFerron Paul E. McLaughlin Burrel J. McNaught JoAnn McNaught Benny R. McReynolds Herman Meinders LaDonna Meinders William R. Melton Alyosha R. Mertens Jacqueline T. Miller Helen Galloway Moore * Frederick J. Murnane * Tommy Neathery Kelly R. Nemecek Iyo E. Nsikak Keith Oehlert Brian J. Olden Patricia Orza Vincent F. Orza Jr. H.E. Overstreet Daniel L. Owens Margaret Freede Owens Dipak T. Parekh Pamela Richardson Parrish Johnnie K. Penton Lisa Penton P. Michelle Perry Vicki Withers Phillips Bill L. Pierce Cary M. Pirrong Seong-Teresa Pong Kathy L. Poore George R. Randall Mary Ellen Randall

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Mark Rich Shannon L. Rich John E. Riggs Lisa Coulson Riggs Allison N. Robinson Justin Robinson Kimberly D. Sanders Paul R. Sanders Peggie Saxton Sharon E. Schonthaler Janet Seefeldt George B. Selby Pamela Shdeed William F. Shdeed Carolyn Shierk Kelly D. Smith Mary Catherine Smothermon Danny R. Snyder Virginia M. Stanley Charles W. Stice Karen Stice Norman G. Stoner R. Cullen Thomas Jr. Mary B. Todd Greg L. Tolle Shirley Huber-Smith Trotter Jerry B. Vannatta Marianne B. Vannatta * Charles M. Waller Ellen Jayne Wheeler Larry S. Wiese Drew Williamson Bambang S. Winata Delma R. Wingo William E. Zook * denotes a Member in Memoriam

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Arthur W. Cotton Sandra K. Cotton Franklin D. Crader Cassie Cramer James E. Crowder Jr. Melissa Cummins Joseph A. Czoch Dawn Day Aislinn E. Deviney Warren A. Dixon Charise N. Dow Jeremiah B. Downes Michael P. Dunham Naif Abdulrhman Edrees Warren R. Ehn Callecia D. Elam Stella Elam Mark A. Enright Mendi D. Enright Elizabeth Fawcett-Brown William S. Fields Hope E. Fitzgerald Peggy P. Flinton Zelda Ford Charlene Fowler Dennis C. Fowler Tyler M. Foy Jay Freede Cecil Garlin Gabrielle C. Gomez Luisa B. Gomez-Lucas Gary M. Gray Katrinka Nall Greear Judy L. Green Helen Gretz Misti Halverson Matthew W. Harney Robert D. Harris Sheridan Harris Elizabeth M. Hatcher Jerry A. Hedrick Jr. Carole Lowe Heihn Donald G. Heimbach Rachel Henry O. June Holloway

Gary B. Homsey Randy K. Hook Bambi A. Hora Shannon M. Houston Deanna K. Hunt Duane Hunt Rhett L. Jackson Michelle Jenkins Jerry B. Jordan Mason Jordan Hunter T. Kelly John D. Kennedy Lou C. Kerr John Lackey Angelica L. Lampkin Kimberly D. Lane Craig B. Lankford Nancy Tinsley Lankford Nelda J. Latham Amanda M. Lathan Frances D. Lawrence Heather D. Legato-Kay Krystle K. Leonard Mark A. Lester Emily L. Lloyd Jack R. Malone Lynnell E. Mandl Franklin L. Marlin Gwendolyn Morgan Marlin Danny L. Martin Michael R. Matthews Amy V. Maughmer Merlene F. McAlevy Theresa C. McClaugherty Mark A. McFadden Royce L. McLarry Maytha A. Mead Joseph S. Mecham Pamela D. Melton Marilyn A. Mendenhall Margaret A. Messiah Daniel M. Michelson Daniel T. Miller Aaron S. Mitchell Keri D. Mitchell

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TaHar Mjigal Julia Johanning Moler Jeannene Moore Jerry L. Moore Ramsey L. Moore Adria L. Morgan Clarice Morrison Richard J. Morrison Clifford Mueggenborg Erin E. Mullins Annette Murphy Kelsey A. Nagel Bradley E. Nations Jay P. Newton Jr. Lacey Novinska Elaine A. Paparonis Charlotte Parrack Ronald G. Petty Brian D. Phillips Paul Poputa-Clean John L. Porter N. June Porter Katherine Postotnik Jane E. Powell Ali D. Prather Linda Faye Pratt Ann E. Ragland Claire Reynolds Gordon M. Rickard Jason M. Rickman Douglas R. Riddle Jonathan L. Robbins Joseph E. Robertson David Rupley Ralph A. Sallusti Kimerly K. Sanders Linda H. Schoenhals Cynthia E. Schuermann Bernard Seegel Alyson E. Shahan Jim Shelley Melanie L. Shelley Kathy Gee Simmons Darryl W. Sinclair Megan A. Skinner Kesha R. Slaughter

Chris T. Small Ronda J. Smith Christine R. Soileau Robert C. Stillwell Michael T. Stogner John S. Stratton Beth A. Stukey Jonathan Stukey Ashley Sword Juliana Vaidergorn Tanenbaum Shannon D. Taylor Samuel Tennison Ashlee M. Thane Donna Neal Thomas George N. Tsiakilos Courtney A. Tsotigh Nancy J. Van Antwerp Adrian J. Van Brussel James R. Wagner Joyce Walker Vincent J. Walker Meridith N. Warren Jack T. Weddle Mary Weddle Janice E. White Jennifer L. White Max White Peter S. White Fred L. Whittet Ashlie M. Wilhelm Brian D. Winslow Clinton A. Winslow Hazel Winslow Robert D. Winslow Stephanie B. Winstone Sandra Woodruff Erick R. Worrell Hub R. Worrell Harikrishna Yadlapalli Donna W. Yee Susan Yorke F. Anthony Zahn Lindsay L. Zana Ronald J. Zittel

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Ann Lacy and James E. Alexander Endowed Scholarship Ann Simmons Alspaugh Music Endowed Scholarship Arne V. & Louise Hunninen Endowed Biology Scholarship Arthur & Joi Salisbury Endowed Scholarship Austin and Marjorie Bizzell Ministry Endowed Scholarship B. Claude Shinn Endowed Accounting Scholarship B. D. Eddie Endowed Scholarship B. D. Lack Endowment B.C. Clark Jr. Endowed Chair in the Meinders School of Business Baker H. Melone Endowed Memorial Scholarship Barbara & J.M. Garrett Religion Leadership Endowed Scholarship Barnett-Widener Ministerial Endowed Scholarship Bess & Calvin McGalliard Memorial Scholarship Bessie B. Cunningham Religious Leadership Endowed Scholarship Bettie Ewert Stoneking Endowed Scholarship Bettis, Bussell & Hunt Ministerial Endowed Scholarship Betty Stockard Endowed Scholarship Beverly Osborne Memorial Religious Leadership Endowed Scholarship Bill Hutton Memorial Endowed Scholarship Bill Richardson Endowed Art Scholarship Billy B. Nelson Memorial Religion Endowed Scholarship Bishop & Mrs. Paul Milhouse Endowed Scholarship

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Bishop & Mrs. Paul V. Galloway Endowed Scholarship Bishop Bruce P. Blake Endowed Scholarship Bishop W. Angie Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship Blanche & Lloyd Long Service Endowed Scholarship Bradley H. Wahnee Memorial Endowed Scholarship Brian and Julia Bakeman Endowed Scholarship Brian Harvey Academic Soccer Endowed Scholarship Broneta Evans Endowed Religion Scholarship Brooke Haley Memorial Endowed Scholarship Bruce & Marjorie Bates Endowed Scholarship Bud & Ronald Sahmaunt Native American Endowed Scholarship Burwell Endowed Chair C. Q. Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship C. R. Anthony Endowed Chair in Competitive Enterprises C. W. Burr Endowed Scholarship C. W. Wisdom Endowed Lectureship C.L. & Aran Priddy Endowed Scholarships for American Indian Students Campus Beautification Endowment Carl Jung Seminar Endowment (Quasi) Chapel Maintenance Endowment - Harris Foundation Charles & Mary Thigpen Endowed Scholarship Charles B. Love Memorial Endowed Scholarship Charles E. Mehr Endowed Dance Scholarship Charles E. Mehr Endowed Music Scholarship 54

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Charles E. Mehr Endowed Theatre Scholarship Charles E. Simpson Endowed Memorial Scholarship Charles Nesbitt Awards Endowment Chesapeake Energy Endowed Scholarship Chester Cadieux Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in the Meinders School of Business Chinese Endowed Scholarship Church of the Good Sheperd Endowed Scholarship Claire Jones Endowed Scholarship Clara Cates Neil Endowed Scholarship Clara E. Jones Endowed Scholarship Clara Luper General Endowed Scholarship Clarence Burg Endowed Music Scholarship Clarence Sutton Religious Leadership Endowed Scholarship Clay & Eleanor Carrithers Endowed Scholarship Clint Foundation Endowed Scholarship Clyde & Evelyn Bowen Endowed Scholarship Coca Cola Entrepreneur Speaker Series Endowment Colonel Thomas L. & Ruby L. Simpson Endowed Scholarship Colonel William Thompson Endowed Scholarship Cordis Martin Endowed Scholarship Council for Excellence Endowment Cowden-Epperson Endowed Scholarship Crowe & Dunlevy Endowed Scholarship D. & E. Mayes Endowed Scholarship

D. N. Pope Endowed Scholarship Dan Hogan Endowed Scholarship Dana Owen Endowed Scholarship Daphyn Owen Endowment for Kramer School of Nursing Darbeth Whitten Endowed Chair in History David & Barbara Green Endowed Nursing Scholarship Dean McGee Endowment Dean Nellie R. Melton Endowed Scholarship Dean Thomas A. Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship Dennis & Susan Neff United Methodist Endowed Scholarship Dennis Hawkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship Devon Boathouse Quasi Endowment Devon Energy Clara Luper Endowed Scholarship Distinguished Speakers Series Endowment Don Schooler Memorial Endowed Professorship Donald & Suzanne Emler Religious Education Endowed Scholarship Dorothy Graham Endowment Douglas M. Todd Endowed Scholarship Dr. Elaine D. Smokewood Endowed Scholarship Dulaney-Browne Library Endowment E. A. and Winnie Stewart Endowed Scholarship Ed & Lorraine Reynolds Endowed Nursing Scholarship Edith Carlson Memorial Endowed Scholarship Edna Hoffman Bowman Endowed Music & Performing Arts Scholarship

Edna L. Zaspel Endowed Scholarship Education Athletic Endowed Scholarship Edward W. and Ethel Mae Brindley Endowed Scholarship Edyth Arnold Swartz Endowed Scholarship Elaine Masters Endowed Leadership Scholarship Elda A. Manis Endowed Scholarship Elizabeth Clark Gordon Memorial Endowment Elizabeth Hensley Endowed Scholarship (Quasi) Elizabeth Loewenstein Endowed Music Scholarship Ellen G. Reid Endowed Scholarship Ellen L. Bryan Endowed Scholarship Emery O. and Bess M. Aikens Scholarship Erminda and Sophia Banning Endowed Scholarship Ernest L. Wilkinson Endowed Law Award Esther Robinson Endowed English Scholarship Esther Taylor Endowed Memorial Scholarship Esther Wessel Farmer Endowed Piano Scholarship Ethelene Cindy Long Memorial Native American Endowed Scholarship Euclid M. & Celine M. Wyatt Endowed Scholarship F. Lahr & Blanche Einsel Endowed Scholarship F. M. Petree Endowed Book Scholarship F. Warren Pixley Endowed Religious Scholarship Fair-Folmer Endowed Scholarship Families of Henry Norick Endowed Scholarship Felix Endowment

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Flora & B.C. Clark Memorial Endowed Scholarship Flora H. McKay Endowed Scholarship Flora Rouse Winter Endowed Scholarship Florence Birdwell Endowed Chair Florence O. Willson Endowed Scholarship Florence Wilson House Endowment Forest and Gloe Stith Memorial Endowed Scholarship Frances W. Preston BMI Endowed Music Scholarship Frank G. Blackwood Endowed Religious Leadership Scholarship Frank Horton Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fred & Margaret Lynch Endowed Scholarship Fred & Opal Boston Religious Leadership Endowed Scholarship Fred A. Biehler Endowed Scholarship Fred R. and Margaret Lynch Endowed Methodist Scholarship Friedman-Lerblanc Endowed Law Scholarship Gamble-Buchanan Endowment Gene Nelson Endowed Scholarship Genevieve Middagh Endowed Scholarship George B. Saunders Endowed Scholarship George C. & Sara Scott Endowed Scholarship George C. Jones Jr. Endowed Scholarship George Sneed Memorial Endowed Scholarship Georgia M. Winton Endowed Scholarship Gertrude M. Patton Endowed Scholarship

Gladys Teter Nichols Endowed Scholarship Glen O. Miller Endowed Ministry Scholarship Glen Rhodes Memorial Endowed Scholarship Glenda M. Pate Scholarship Glenn E. & Mary A. Millard Endowed Scholarship Golsen Family Endowed Business Scholarship Grace & Alma Garten Endowed Scholarship Grace M. Stephenson Endowed Scholarship Great Plan Endowed Scholarship Greenshields Endowment H. Arthur Carlson & Mary Lucille Carlson Memorial Endowed Scholarship H. Emerson Thomas Endowment H. H. Wegener Endowed Scholarship H. M. Barrett Religious Endowed Scholarship Harold & Edith Maris Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship Harvey L. & Laura M. Parker Methodist Endowed Scholarship Harvey P. Everest Endowed Business Scholarship Hatton Sumners Law Endowed Scholarship Hazel & Russell Crooch Endowed Scholarship Helen Riddle Church Leadership Endowed Scholarship Henry James Freede Endowed Professorship Herbert & Marguerite Barrett Mission Endowed Scholarship Herbert E. Davis Music Endowment Herbert Voth Endowed Religious Leadership Scholarship Herman Meinders Endowed

Scholarship in Business Holland Family Endowment Homeland Endowed Scholarship for Native American Students Homer C. Hyde Classical Studies Scholarship Homer S. & Margaret Brauer Anderson Endowed Scholarship Honda Native American Endowed Scholarship Hoopes Endowed Scholarship Hope Strasner Endowed Scholarship Horace & Evalyn Patton Memorial Scholarship Howard & Peggy Thornton Endowed Mass Communications Scholarship Hugh and Diane Scott Athletic Endowment Hyde Endowed Scholarship Indian Misson Land Endowment Inez Silberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship Iva B. Kelley Art & Law Endowed Scholarship J. Bart Aldridge Endowment J. Cecil & Elva Coover Endowed Scholarship J. E. Hall Endowed Scholarship J. Emrick Endowed Music Scholarship Jack Conn Endowed Chair in Meinders School of Business Jackie and Bill Wise Endowed Scholarship James & Violet Egan Memorial Endowed Scholarship James A. Graves Endowed Scholarship James H. & Norma R. Blossom Endowed Scholarship James Noble Atkins Memorial Book Endowment Jane Atwood Brown Memorial

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Kerr McGee Business Endowed Scholarship Kramer Ministerial Endowed Scholarship Kramer Nursing Endowed Scholarship Kurt & Cathy Leichter Endowed Music Scholarship L. L. Shirley Endowed Scholarship L.E. Shackelford Endowed Scholarship Lambda Chi Alpha Endowed Scholarship Law Building Endowment Law Dean Position Endowment Law Scholars Endowed Scholarship Law School Energy Endowment Lee C. Findlay Memorial Endowed Scholarship Lemuell Summers Endowed Scholarship Leroy Massengale Endowed Scholarship Leslie G. & Irene Stewart Endowed Scholarship Lester W. & Mary E. Maddox Endowed Scholarship Lloyd Henry Endowed Law Scholarship Logan Cary Science & Engineering Library Book Endowment Loretta T. Freeland Endowed Scholarship Louis Allen Whitten Endowed Scholarship Loy & Marian Morris Endowed Law Scholarship Lulu S. Doenges Endowed Scholarship Lydia Lukenbaugh Endowed Scholarship Lynnie & Robert Spahn Endowed Scholarship M.L. Simmons Endowed Scholarship

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Mackenzie C. Sr. & Thelma Thompson Endowed Scholarship Margaret K. Replogle Endowed Music Scholarship Margaret K. Replogle Endowed Religion Professorship Margaret Petree Endowed Music Scholarship Marianna Davenport Endowed Scholarship Marjorie Downing Endowed Law Scholarship Marjorie J. Norick & Frances Norick Lilly Endowed Scholarship Marjorie Lee Germany Endowed Scholarship Marjorie Nell Sussex Endowed Spanish Scholarship (Quasi) Martha Burger and Donald Rowlett Endowed Scholarship Martha Jean Lemon Endowed Lectureship Martha Jean Lemon Endowed Scholarship Martin Mailman Endowed Band Scholarship Mary Coffey Endowed Scholarship Mary E. Harris Endowed Scholarship Mary Ellen & George R. Randall Great Plan Endowed Scholarship Mary Jean Hackler Endowed Scholarship Maryetta Rowe Endowed Scholarship Maybelle Conger Endowed Scholarship McDaniel Endowed Leadership Scholarship McKinley Billy Endowed Scholarship Meinders School of Business Endowed Scholarship (Brick Campaign) Meinders School of Business Enrichment Endowment

Melba R. Gaudin Law Library Endowment Melvin Decker Memorial Athletic Endowed Scholarship Michael & Eunice Massad Endowed Scholarship Michael Gardner Endowed Business Scholarship Minnie M. Seba Endowed Ministry Scholarship Miriam West Endowed Scholarship Miss America Women in Business Endowed Scholarship Mo & Jacque Grotjohn Endowed Business Scholarship Morris Hatley Canterbury Choral Performing Arts Endowment Mrs. Glen C. Archer Endowed Scholarship MSN Education Track Endowed Scholarship Music School Endowed Scholarship Myrtle S. Forsythe Endowed Scholarship Nancy I. Kenderdine Endowed Scholarship Nancy Laughbaum Ragsdale Endowed Scholarship Naomi McCasland Burton Music Endowment Naomi Thomas Endowed Scholarship Native American Legal Resource Center Endowment Neal & Hazel Rock Memorial Endowed Religion Scholarship Nellie J. Moss Endowed Scholarship Nile & Adena Montgomery Endowed Scholarship Norick Endowed Chair in Marketing Norma Rowe Gunn Endowed Religion Scholarship

Norman & Edem Endowed Professorship Nova M. Atkins Endowed Religion Scholarship Nuell C. Crain Endowed Religious Leadership Scholarship Nursing Dean’s Endowed Chair Nursing Endowed Scholarship Oakerhater Endowed Chair OAMA Endowed Scholarship OCU Film Institute Endowment OCU Law General Endowment OG&E Clara Luper Endowed Scholarship Oklahoma United Methodist Conference Endowed Scholarship Olen D. Presley Endowed Scholarship Ollie & Claude Bell Endowed Professorship in Church History Opera Society Founders Endowment OUMF - Corinne L. Sare Scholarship Trust OUMF - Elmer Graham Endowed Scholarship Scholarship OUMF - Floyd & Doris Croxton Memorial Scholarship Endowment OUMF - Gene & Doris Russell Endowed Scholarship OUMF - Hulet Family Endowment OUMF - John Wesley Hardt Scholarship Fund OUMF - Jung Adair Endowment OUMF - Karns Memorial Endowed Scholarship OUMF - Ollie & Claude Bell Children’s Center for the Arts Endowment OUMF - Richard Gibbens Endowed Scholarship

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Outdoor Laboratory and Environmental Studies Endowment Owen & Vivian Wimberly Endowed Professorship Owen Wimberly Center for Continuing Education Endowment (Quasi) Palmer C. Abercrombie Endowed Scholarship Pate & Knarr, PC Commercial Banking Law Endowed Scholarship Paul Hansen Endowed Scholarship for the Hearing Impaired Paul Hansen Memorial Endowed Athletic Scholarship Paul Jones Native American Endowed Scholarship Paul Jones Religious Education Endowed Scholarship Paul W. Milhouse Endowed Religion Professorship Pearl English Crain Endowed Scholarship Peg Leg Bates American Dance & Dance Management Endowed Scholarship Peter Swartz Endowed Business Scholarship Petree Arts and Sciences Endowed Honors Scholarship Phil Daugherty Memorial Endowed Law Scholarship Phil Wahl Endowed Scholarship Philelle & Charles McBrayer Endowed Piano Scholarship Pierce Memorial Lecture Endowment PL+US Alumni Endowed Scholarship R. Fisher Blanton Endowed Religious Leadership Scholarship R. T. Ayers Family Endowed Scholarship Ray & Florence Carroll Endowed Scholarship

Ray & Lavell Owen Endowed Scholarship Ray Potts Endowed Scholarship Retta Miller Religious Leadership Endowed Scholarship Richard and Johnece Ryerson Endowed Seminary Scholarship Richard E. Hall Endowed Scholarship Richard K. and Effie D. Wootten Endowed Scholarship Riley Endowed Chair in Religion Rita Louise Kacey PL+US Endowed Scholarship Ritz International Foundation Endowed Scholarship Robert & Emma Price Endowed Scholarship Robert & Florence Birdwell Endowed Vocal Scholarship Robert Adair Endowment Robert Fink Endowed Chemistry Scholarship Robert J. Smith Memorial Endowed Religious Leadership Scholarship Robert Jones Memorial Endowment Robert P. and Betty Dennis Endowed Scholarship Robert S. Kerr Jr. Chair in Natural Resources / Environmental Law Roberta M. Eldridge Miller Endowed Art Scholarship Roberta Olson Great Plan Endowed Scholarship Rockwood Biology Endowed Scholarship Roger Givens Endowed Scholarship Roger Stephens Memorial Endowed Scholarship Rosalinn Swinka Endowed Scholarship Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship

Roy Chandler Endowed Scholarship Roy W. & Jeanne Reed Endowed Scholarship Royal Sarjent Endowed Scholarship Ruby Chase Memorial Endowed Scholarship Russell Stone Endowed Religious Leadership Scholarship Ruth Ida Skinner Unrestricted Endowment Ruth Jeanette Brooks Endowed Fine Arts Scholarship Ruth Kramer Seideman Endowed Scholarship Ruth Mayer Memorial Endowed Music Scholarship Sam Tune Endowed Business Scholarship Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Endowment Scottish Rite Endowed Scholarship Seize the Moment Endowed Scholarship Singapore MDIS Endowed Scholarship Sloan-Fitzwilliam-Fanning Endowed Scholarship Star Elementary School Memorial Endowed Scholarship Student Senate Coffia Award Endowed Scholarship Susan C. Barber and David P. Nagle Endowed Scholarship Swartz Endowed Scholarship T. Hurley Jordan Endowed Scholarship T. K. Hendrick Endowed Chair in Marketing & Management Ted Foster, Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship Terry & Lauren Phelps Endowed Scholarship Theo Doc and MarEllen Benson Endowed Scholarship

Tom A. Thomas Jr. and Bette C. Thomas Unrestricted Endowment Tom and Brenda McDaniel Endowed Music Scholarship Tom and Brenda McDaniel Endowed Scholarship Tom and Brenda McDaniel Endowed Scholarship for Dance and Arts Management Treva Hancock Endowed Drama Scholarship United Methodist Women’s Endowed Religious Leadership Scholarship Unrestricted Church Gifts Endowment Unrestricted Endowed Scholarship Unrestricted Endowment Verle & Lawrence Watson Endowed Business Scholarship Verle & Lawrence Watson Endowed Music Scholarship Vernon Roberts Endowed Religion Scholarship Vernon V. Harris Endowed Chair in Christian Education Vince and Patty Orza Endowed Business Scholarship Virginia P. Bryant Endowed Religious Scholarship Vivian Wimberly Center Endowment W. C. & Clarabelle Mathes Endowed Religious Scholarship W. Carroll Pope Memorial Endowed Scholarship W. Feagin Hood Endowed Scholarship W. W. Woodworth Endowed Scholarship Wagoner United Methodist Endowed Scholarship Walter N. & Alice K. Epler Endowed Scholarship Walter Stiller Endowed Scholarship

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Ray and Lucille Ackerman Cole & Reed, PC Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, LLP James and Lynn Holloman Mr. Gary R. Horwitz Richard and Anne M. Kells Richard B. Kells Jr. Richard and Clarice Morrison Bob Rutledge William and Pamela Shdeed J. Adrian and Karen Zimmer

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Neal and Kathryn Baumwart G.T. and Libby Blankenship Larry and Vickie Brinlee John and Sherri Brown Mildred E. Chrislip Cobb Engineering Company Stephen and Patricia Ann Coker Don and Donna Sue Combs Nancy S. Decker Jayne Drummond Dale and Donna Durnell Dallas and Loyce Gandy Estate of Dorothy Graham Joyce Hague John Wesley and Martha Hardt William S. Harvey Charles and Margie Herndon Jean Hinckley Audell Hughes Jack and Vicki Ivester Nelma Karns Tommy Karns Joseph and Dorothy Pauline Kenton Donna Kornbaum Jeff and Debora Laird Lemon Family Foundation Martin Family Trust Bob and Doris McKown Mason and Joye McLain

Yvonne McLaughlin Glen and Yvonne Miller Brett and Christine Parr Kori Pierce Karen K. Pinion Mickey and Bertha Potts John Price and Elizabeth Box Price Lois Ann Rhodes Edmund and Wadad Rotzinger David and Paula Severe Carolyn Shellenberger Laurie Shellenberger Dewayne and Ruth Simpson Shelby Lee Smith John and Susan Spencer Henry and Maurine Sprouls Craig Stinson and Krista Jones Patrick and Betty Tam Robert and Rebecca Lee Tillman William F. Todd Joe Vaughan Mona Mae Waymire Richard and Jean Webber David and Iris Webster William and Martha Ellen White Stephen and Karen Whitworth Beth Wilkinson

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Betty “Charlene” Rutledge Perry passed away at the age of 68 on Aug. 9, 2010. She was born Aug. 24, 1941 and raised in Chickasha, Okla., until she moved to Oklahoma City after high school graduation. Perry was employed as an administrative assistant at Oklahoma City University. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Mae Taylor; her father, Charlie Logan; and husband Joseph Perry. She is survived by children: Kristy and Dave Hensley, Brent Rutledge, Jana and Neil Anderson, Scott Perry, Cyndi Jo Perry, Tommy Jr. and Shannon Rutledge; grandchildren: Misty Depel, Jimmy Hensley III, David and Shellie Hensley, Melani and Tim Lewis, Whitney Hensley, Cody and Brady Rutledge; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were held in OCU’s Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel.

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Marian P. Opala, a justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court since 1978, died Oct. 11, 2010, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City after suffering a stroke. He was 89 years old and a longtime resident of Warr Acres. “Marian Opala was a patriot and a scholar,” said OCU President Robert Henry. “He launched his legal career at Oklahoma City University School of Law and rose to the very pinnacle of his profession. OCU will miss his advice, his scholarship and his trusteeship and I will miss a friend of 34 years. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family.” Opala earned two degrees from Oklahoma City University, one in law in 1953 and another in economics in 1957. OCU later awarded Opala an honorary doctorate in law in 1981. He earned a master’s in law in 1968 from New York University and later attended many summer conferences on the history of Anglo-American law at British universities. Opala was born in Lodz, Poland in 1921, and when World War II began in 1939 with the German Invasion of his country, Opala was an 18-year-old law student at the University of Warsaw. During the war, Opala joined the Polish Home Army and later served as an infantryman and interpreter in the British Army-Polish Forces. He was captured during the Battle of Warsaw in 1944, and subsequently interned by the German Army in a prisoner of war camp in Bavaria. Shortly after American forces liberated the camp in the spring of 1945, he met U.S. Army Captain Gene Warr of Oklahoma City, who was a member of the 45th Infantry Division, and the son of real estate developer C.B. Warr. Opala and Warr quickly developed a strong friendship which both described as something more akin to brotherhood. This relationship eventually led to a new life for Opala in the United States. After the war ended in 1945, Opala continued to serve in the British Army. In 1947, he immigrated to the U.S. with the help of Gene and C.B. Warr. U.S. Senator Mike Monroney agreed to help Opala, and as a longtime friend of President Harry Truman, Monroney was able to secure for Opala a cherished immigrant visa. Opala settled in Oklahoma City to be near the family that sponsored him. He became an American citizen in 1953. Opala served as an assistant county attorney for Oklahoma County, in private practice in Oklahoma City and as a referee of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He practiced law with the firm of Fenton, Fenton, Smith, Reneau & Moon and worked as a staff lawyer for Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Rooney McInerney. Opala became the first administrative director of the Oklahoma Court System. Gov. David Boren appointed Opala to the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court, and then to the Oklahoma Supreme Court and he later served as chief justice. Justice Opala served on the Oklahoma Supreme Court for 32 years and taught law on a part-time basis for 50 years. He was the author of numerous legal papers, and was the recipient of many awards and honors. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2000. Justice Opala is known for his devotion to the First Amendment, which he attributed to his experiences in Nazi-occupied Europe. A group called Freedom of Information Oklahoma presents the “Marian Opala First Amendment Award” each year to an Oklahoman who has defended the freedom of speech. Justice Opala is survived by his longtime companion, Roberta A. Bertoch; and his son, Joseph Opala, a historian currently serving as the director of a research project in West Africa. Services were conducted by Father Patrick Bright at All Souls’ Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Souls’. Donations may be made to the Justice Marian P. Opala Scholarship Fund at OCULaw, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., OKC, OK 73106. focus s p r i n g 2 0 1 1

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Thomas is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret Ann O’Meara Miller; his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Dana Miller of Houston, Texas; his children: Tom Miller of San Francisco, Calif.; Eddie and his wife, Valerie Miller, of Denver, Colo.; Margy and her husband, Dusty White, of Edmond; his grandsons: Jackson Thomas Scott and Gabe Kristopher White of Edmond, and Jake Thomas Miller of Denver. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma.

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Kenneth Sinclair Warren John Gray Street Garrett Taylor Baze Jr.

Class of 1948

Jone Wells Samuel

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Thomas P. Hall Sr.

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Carolina “Becky” Beckloff Darrah John M. Mariner Sr. Jessica E. McCor mick Amend

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James E. Jennings

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Daniel Thomas Sheaffer Donald Neil Jones Thomas Earnest Summers Jr. Kenneth G. Kemp

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Hugh E. Niles Carol N. Nuernberger Hopper Helle L. Hansen Males

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Sherre Warren Ishmael

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Michael H. Cohen Ronald Robert Cooper

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Virginia Emery Richter John Franklin Hudson Jr. Woodrow Wilson Adams

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Charles Pressly Wallace Edward R. Brewer Jr.

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Clockwise from left: 1. Starsky T. Ram cheers on participants of the Race with the Stars during Homecoming weekend in November. 2. OCU dance management alumna Karley Osborne BPA ’09 appeared as Snow White in the traveling production of “Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show” in Oklahoma City in January. OCU Dance Chairwoman Jo Rowan (second from left) and Melanie Shelley, associate dean of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, posed for a photo with Disney characters. 3. Greek life students compete in the annual Lip Sync contest during Homecoming weekend.

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the OCU Board of Trustees. Brianna, an early childhood development major, is fulfilling her dreams thanks to a Petree scholarship. “Growing up, I never dreamed of being able to attend such a university as this,” she said. “It is only through scholarships, such as the one from Ms. Petree, that allowed me to have an opportunity to attend this university. I am forever grateful for this blessing. Without it, I would not have the education I do, and would not be able to pursue my passion for working with children.”

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